ASUS is all set to launch its new Eee Pad Slider SL101 tablet by the end of this month in the US. ASUS Eee Pad Slider will come in 16 GB version model starting $475 (Rs 21,375 approximately) and 32 GB model for $575 (Rs 25,875 approximately). The tablet comes with 10.1 inch display and will run Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet operating system.
To stand out from the rest of the tablets, ASUS Eee Pad Slider SL101 comes with a built-in full Qwerty keyboard for comfortable typing experience. All one needs to do is slide the top panel of the tablet to convert it into a quick netbook-like experience.
ASUS Eee Pad Slider SL101 comes with 10.1 inch LED Backlight WXGA IPS display (1280×800) with Corning Gorilla’s scratch resistant glass and support for 10 finger multi-touch. Under the chassis lies dual-core 1.0 Ghz Nvidia Tegra processor along with 1 GB RAM to power the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update. The hardware combination is good enough to run the Honeycomb tablet OS smoothly and also the applications without any hiccups. Besides that, the dual-core processor also speeds up the web browsing experience and aims to making it zippier.
Slider SL101 comes with a 5 megapixel camera at its back which is capable of recording 720p HD videos and the front facing 1.2-megapixel camera is usable for video chat. Apparently one can also export the HD videos to larger display via the mini-HDMI port on the tablet.
ASUS has integrated the SRS Surround sound technology for dynamic audio response while watching movies and videos.
Other features of this tablet include pre-loaded apps with ASUS WaveShare user interface which includes a cloud server storage access app, Polaris Office and other Apps. Apart from that, the tablet features Bluetooth 2.1, wider range covering WiFi, Gyroscopic Sensor, Light Sensor, Gravity Sensor, GPS and USB 2.0 which makes it easy to connect with PC or laptop. ASUS has packed a 25Wh Li-Polymer Battery that promises about 8 hours of run time as well.
However, Slider comes with a built-in Qwerty keyboard and that makes it bit heavier like a ultra-light netbook with less than a full blown operating system.
Though there’s no assurance on the arrival of this tablet in India, we can expect it to arrive by year end of sometime early next year.