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ASUS Ushers in CES Tablet Bonanza

ASUS Tablet Line Up
We all knew that this year's CES would be loaded with tablets, and ASUS made sure to kick off the party right by introducing not one, but four new tablet PCs at the first official press conference of CES 2011. All four are members of the Eee family of devices, but that's about where the similarities end. We'll be heading over to the ASUS booth at some point to get a hands-on with all four, but for now, here's what you need to know about the Eee Slate and Eee Pad series of devices:

Eee Pad MeMO - This seven-inch Android tablet will be landing in June with a starting price of $499. Obviously, when it does come out, it will be running Honeycomb (Android 3.0), and inside you'll find one of those newfangled, dual-core Snapdragon processors that should be showing up in tablets and high-end smartphones soon. Perhaps most interesting, though, is the inclusion of a pressure-sensitive stylus that should allow for much more control over writing and drawing, a feature that should appeal to the artistically inclined.


Eee Pad Slider and Transformer - These two devices are more or less the same on the inside. Both are running Android atop NVIDIA's Tegra 2 platform, which means they're optimized for pushing HD video and intensive graphics. What separates these two ten-inch tablets is that the Slider, well, slides much like an HTC Shift, and the Transformer has a detachable keyboard dock that lets you switch between slate and laptop mode. The keyboard dock on the Transformer also packs an extra battery for up to 16-hours of active use. The Slider will be landing in May starting at $499, while the Transformer will start at $399 when it becomes available in April.

ASUS Eee Pad Slider and Eee Pad Transformer

Eee Slate EP121 - The lone Windows-based tablet from ASUS is quite a beast. Touted as "the most powerful tablet," the EP121 packs a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 64GB solid state drive, which should be enough to satisfy all but the gaming enthusiast crowd. Like the screen on the MeMO, the Eee Slate will work with both fingers and, thanks to a digitizing layer from Wacom, a stylus for handwriting recognition.

Eee Slate EP121

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