Asus eeePad Slider now Available on Amazon
Asus' latest experiment in new hardware designs is now shipping from Amazon.
The eeePad Slider is a funky looking tablet hybrid that is based on a 10″ capacitive touchscreen. So far as I can tell, it appears to be using the same screen as Asus other tablet hybrid, the eeePad Transformer. It’s running the latest version of Android, v3.2 Honeycomb on a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU, and it has Wifi, Bluetooth, g-sensor, compass, microSD card slot, and a pair of cameras (5MP and 2.1MP).
As you can probably guess, the screen slides down so to covers the keyboard. With a 10 inch screen, the keyboard is probably the size of one you’d find on a netbook, but as you can see from the picture there is no track pad. That’s one of the tradeoffs with this design, but it shouldn’t be much of a problem. The screen is just inches from your fingertips.
It’s shipping from Amazon with 16GB flash storage for $480 or 32GB for $580. Weight is around 2 pounds, which is no surprise given the keyboard and the complexity of the hardware design.
Now, while this design is new to Asus, it’s not the first device to use this form factor. There are any number of phones that have a similar design, including the HTC Touch Pro 2 at left. There have even been a couple 7″ models that look almost a junior version of the eeePad Slider (I can’t recall the names, though). There are also a number of larger tablet hybrid models that commenters have pointed out over in this post.
But what sets the eeePad Slider apart from the earlier 7″ the size. Those smaller models suffered from the same cramped conditions of 7″ netbooks and that limited their usability. This device is priced to compete with but 10″ netbooks and 10″ premium tablets. I’d definitely get this hybrid over either a netbook or a tablet.
curiosity killed the… September 21, 2011 um 9:20 pm
meh there’s nothing spectacular about this device its pretty much the transformer with the keyboard dock w/o the extra battery capacity,less ports and a $30 price cut for the 16gig and only a $10 price cut for the 32 gig(these are based off current amazon price may be even cheaper for dock and transformer combined other places)
i think anyone that was deciding between 1 or the other should either wait for transformer 2 which will have tegra 3 or get the current transformer and shop around till you get the price the same as the slider.
oh and 1 other difference that i personally doubt matters but to those that like to gawk and haw at bigger devices the transformer is about .9 pounds heavier with the keyboard but i mean honestly if your buying it with the intent of a keyboard a pound difference on your legs isnt squat
curiosity killed the… September 21, 2011 um 9:22 pm
dawned on me that pound difference was the extra ports and 2nd battery both worth an extra pound at basically the same price vs slider
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