Asus already is having a nice time with the Eee Pad Transformer (at least better than many of its other Android compatriots) though the same wasn’t applicable to its other tablet + keypad combo offering – the Eee Pad Slider. Besotted with problems ever since it was first made public at the CES 2011 event, the Eee Pad Slider is now finally nearing a market debut, now that it has finally made its way through the FCC.
The Slider was initially announced to be ready for a launch in May though that never happened due to problems reportedly with the tablet’s slider mechanism along with the tilting hinge set-up. Asus got down to work with the slider keypad to ensure it operated as smoothly as in many a smartphone with its own slide out keypad, if not better. There was also rumors of Asus switching to the new Intel new Oak Trail Atom Z670 chip in place of the NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU that it was originally announced with. However, non of these has been confirmed by Asus and the most that the company did was push back the intended launch schedule to fall of this year, which now looks to be last of the several slippages that the Slider has gone through.
In the meantime, the latest that we know of the Slider is that the tablet has won FCC approval for Bluetooth and WiFi, which though means no 3G in the picture. These apart, the Slider will come with a 10.1 inch display having a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. There would be 1.2 and 5 megapixel camera along the front and the rear respectively. In the end, it could be a toss between the Transformer with a detachable keypad and the Slider with its own keypad attached to the tablet. In any case, it seems both will have a fan following of its own.
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