Unveiled at CES 2011 along with the Eee Pad Transformer, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider tablet PC features a sliding QWERTY keyboard and a 10.1-inch display. An official product page for the Android 3.1-based Eee Pad Slider has gone live at ASUS' global website, and the tablet is rumored to be released in September.
The Eee Pad Slider comes with a scratch-resistant (Gorilla Glass-protected) WXGA (1280 x 800) LED backlit IPS LCD screen, allowing for viewing angles of up to 178 degrees and the multi-touch display features technology with up to 10-finger input.
Powered via a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz CPU platform, the tablet offers 16 or 32GB of SSD storage, expandable via a Micro SD memory card reader, along with cloud-based ASUS Web Storage. Running Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), it will be upgradeable to Android 3.2 and come pre-loaded with the Polaris Office 3.0 app, providing access to office documents. It will also include some of ASUS' apps tailored for sharing and playing multimedia.
The Eee Pad Slider features a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, as well as a built-in speaker utilizing SRS Sound technology and a built-in microphone. Other specs include an accelerometer, light sensor, e-compass and GPS, while connectivity comes courtesy one USB 2.0 port, one Mini HDMI, a 3.5mm audio jack, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth v2.1 +EDR. Its 25Wh Li-Polymer battery delivers up to 8 hours of 720p video playback.
The ASUS Eee Pad Slider's dimensions are 273 x 180.3 x 17.3 mm (10.7 x 7 x 0.7 in) and the device weighs 960 grams (2.1lbs).
According to Notebook Italia, the Eee Pad Slider is expected to be available in Italy (and presumably in other European countries) starting from September, priced at EUR599 for the 32GB version or EUR479 for the 16GB version. The device is rumored to be cheaper in the U.S., priced at US$550 and US$400 respectively.