Asus kicks off CeBIT with tablet talk

Asus has kicked off its presence at the mega gadget fest that is CeBIT by showing off its upcoming selection of iPad busters.

With a selection of four tablet-style PCs and a choice of operating system Asus is hoping to cater for all tastes except those requiring a piece of bitten fruit engraved on their gadgets.

On show are the Eee Slate EP121, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad Slider and Eee Pad MeMO.

Asus takes a shot at Apple, suggesting there is a "clear need" for tablets that can deliver "a full multimedia experience using HD video, broad connectivity options, gaming, plus the broadest range of media compatibility with standards like Adobe Flash, all in a neat compact package."

The Eee Slate comes with 32GB or 64GB of SSD storage (expandable via SDXC), and up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM. All models have 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a 2-megapixel camera, two USB 2.0 ports, and a mini-HDMI port for connecting to external displays.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer

Slated for release in April, the Eee Pad Transformer comes with 10.1-inch capacitive touch-screen. It will run Android 3.0 HoneyComb, powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset.

An optional docking station turns the Transformer into a full-fledgednotebook with a QWERTY keyboard for desktop use, while extendingbattery life up to 16 hours.Front (1.2MP) andrear (5MP) digital cameras enable video chat and photography, while a built-in mini-HDMI port enables connections to external displays for full 1080p HD video playback.

ASUS Eee Pad Slider

The Eee Pad Slider combines tablet and traditionalnotebook worlds. It features a 10.1-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen and a slide-out Qwerty keyboard. It too is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chippery.

It sports built-in digital cameras on the front (1.2MP) and rear (5MP) and will run Android 3.0 HoneyComb.


Rounding off Asus's offerings is the seven-inch Eee Pad MeMO . It runs Android 3.0 HoneyComb on Qualcomm's dual-core Snapdragon processor.

A Micro HDMI port means the MeMO can connect to an external display for full 1080p HD video playback. It too has built-in front and rear digital cameras offering 1.2MP and 5MP resolutions