Asus Eee Pad boasts Nvidia Tegra 2, slide-out keyboard

Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 10:32 by Tech Correspondent

Asus will exhibit a range of Android tablets with slide-out keyboards at the CES 2011 (Consumer Electronics Show) to be held in Las Vegas this week.

Asus Eee Pad range of tablets from the Taiwanese firm includes the Slider and Transformer tablets, both of which have approximately 10-inch screens. The specialty of both devices is that they combine a tablet with a keyboard. While Asus Eee Pad Slider has a slide out keyboard, the keyboard of Asus Eee Pad Transformer can be detached from the rest of the tablet. Also see: Asus Eee Pad India launch

When it is slid out, the horizontal keyboard of Asus Eee Pad Slider is at about 130 degrees to the screen. Eee Pad Slider weighs 886 grams and is 17.7 mm thick. It uses an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor which uses two ARM A9 cores and is based on ARM’s architecture. The device has a WSVGA (1280 x 800 pixel) capacitive touchscreen; 512 Mb or 1 Gb of RAM; 16 Gb or 32 Gb of eMMC flash storage; a 1.3 mega pixel front-facing camera; a 5 megapixel rear camera; support for Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and Wifi 802.11 b/g/n; a mini USB 2.0 and mini HDMI port; as well as a memory card slot and 2 in 1 audio jack.

asus eee pad slider photo

Photo: Asus Eee Pad Slider

The new Asus tablets run Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb and has a proprietary MyWave interface. According to mobile news website mobilewhack.com, Asus Eee Pad Slider will cost about $500-$800 and will hit the stores this May. Related: Upcoming tablet launches at CES 2011

Asus Eee Pad Transformer, on the other hand, is expected to cost between $400 and $700 in the United States. It has similar features to Asus Eee Pad Slider, except that it can have up to 64 Gb of eMMC flash storage; a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera; a built-in mic and two stereo speakers.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer weighs 680 grams and is about 13 mm thick – making it altogether more compact than the Eee Pad Slider. The mobile docking station which adds a keyboard to Asus Eee Pad Transformer also charges the tablet’s battery, which Asus can deliver about 16 hours of running time. Similar to the Slider, the Transformer too uses an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and has the power to play full HD video.

Another tablet in the Eee Pad series by Asus is MeMo, which has a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen and comes with a stylus. Asus Eee Pad MeMo is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and operates on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Asus Eee Pad MeMo is expected to cost between $500 and $700 when it is released around July.