At its press conference today Asus just announced the long-teased line of tablets, with the help of which it hopes to bite double digit percentage out of the non-iPad market this year. And from what we see, we don't think this is hubris.
Asus Eee Pad MeMO
First in line was the Asus Eee Pad MeMO - a iPad like device that is claimed to be powered by Microsoft Windows 7 operating system and would feature Intel CULV processor. 7-inch tablet with 600x1024 pixels of resolution, that will sport Android 3.0 (as per Asus, they probably meant Honeycomb). A big surprise is the dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm 8260 chipset, probably the first officially announced in a tablet, unless Lenovo LePad's Qualcomm chipset is dual-core as well.
The slate has 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 1MP front cam. Since it has a dual-core chipset, you can bet the house that the camera records full 1080p HD video. The cutsy Eee Pad MeMO can also output those full HD videos via HDMI to a bigger screen.
The cherry on the cake is that the tablet comes with a capacitive stylus, as suggested by Asus's teaser video, and there are the Media Note and Painter apps to take a good use of it, for note-taking and doodling, respectively. The Asus Eee Pad MeMO will retail for $499-$699 starting in June, so we guess Asus might have meant Android 3.0 for real, after all.
Asus Eee Slate EP121 Windows 7 tablet
Then comes the heavyweight - Asus Eee Slate EP121 Windows 7 tablet, about which we've been hearing for a while. The 12" powerhouse has 800x1200 pixels of resolution in its IPS display, and features a Core i5 CPU (yes, you read that right), 2 or 4GB RAM, as well as a 64GB SSD. There is a 2MP front-facing camera, two USB 2.0 ports, and HDMI port. The tablet sports a Wacom digitizer for use with the provided stylus.
ASUS Eee Slate EP121 will arrive in Q1 for about $999 for the version with 2GB RAM and 32GB SSD, and $1099 for the 4GB one with 64GB SSD, not a bad price for all these eye-popping specs.
In case you are wondering about the heft, this thing is 2.56 pounds (1.16kg), and is 0.67" (17mm) thick, again not bad at all. The battery life on this one we've read to be around 4-5 hours when browsing - not spectacular, but still very decent for such a powerful Windows 7 Home Premium slate.