Asus unveils Eee tablet range


Asus have previewed their new range of Eee tablets at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The four tablets on show included the Eee Slate EP121, which Asus chairman Jonney Shih described as "the most powerful tablet in the world."

The EP121 model distinguished itself from the three other slates in the range by being aimed squarely at business users. It is powered by an Intel Core i5 dual-core processor and features a 12.1-inch backlit LED screen at 1280 x 800 resolution.

However, even with the business leaning of this model, Asus said it would come with Windows 7 Home Premium as standard.

Other features included a capacitive touch screen with a precision stylus and a two megapixel camera. The Slate also comes with built in 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (3.0), two USB 2.0 ports, a mini HDMI port and 4GB of DDR3 RAM.

For onboard storage, buyers can choose between a 32GB or 64GB SSD hard drive.

Moving away from the business-end of the range and towards the consumer side, the first on the list was the Asus Eee Slider, so-called because of its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It uses the Android 3.0 operating system, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and features a 10.1" IPS touch-screen.

The Slider boasts two cameras, a 1.2 megapixel on the front and a five megapixel at the back. Optional extras included onboard 3G for internet access on the move.

Next up for the laptop alternatives was the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. As with the Slider, the clue is in the name and it features a rather nifty keyboard docking station, turning the tablet into a notebook while extending the battery life to an impressive 16 hours.

Like its cousin, the Transformer also uses the Tegra 2 processor, has an HDMI port and shares the same dual-camera feature.

Finally, the smallest of the bunch was the Eee Pad MeMO, with a 7.1 inch touch-screen and also running Android 3.0. The MeMO comes with a stylus and a Micro HDMI port.

Asus are yet to announce UK prices and availability but these models are set to be released over the next few months with the Transformer set to come out in April and the Slider aiming for a May release.