Hybrid Tablets Become Reality, Asus Eee Pad Slider in the Making

Good news for all those who have longed to see a brand new tablet with a brand new design- something entirely different from the usual and monotonous looking tablets with a flat slab, and a LCD/LED screen in the front.

Thanks to the efforts put by a few leading hardware companies, the tablet market could well be on the verge of witnessing a ground breaking change - the introduction of “the hybrids”, equipped with a detachable keyboard, and the provision for being used both as a tablet device, as well as a netbook/laptop.

“Hybrid tablets represent an attempt by manufacturers to fully explore the space of design possibilities,” according to Ray Valdes says, a prominent research analyst from Gartner Inc., Wired reports.

“With hybrids, product designers are moving the needle in one direction and then back again. First strip out certain aspects of a netbook or laptop, such as the keyboard, and then reverse course by adding these pieces back in,” he added.

One good example of the “hybrid” concept would be the Asus Eee Pad Slider, a new device from the Taiwan based hardware maker which seems to be quite capable of providing a 2-in-1 netbook-tablet solution for its users.

The hybrid tablet is powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor. The Slider features Android 3.1 with the option of upgrade to version 3.2. Other specifications can be reached at through the official press release here.