Things don’t seem to be settling down at Asus as far as its tablet plans are concerned. First off, there were reports of it being unable to produce the Transformers tablet PC in enough numbers in spite of there being considerable demand for it. With that taken care of a bit, problems with its other Honeycomb tablet offering, the Eee Pad Slider seems to have got the better of it so that its launch period is now getting pushed back yet again to the autumn time frame. Previous announcement had it that the Honeycomb tablet was supposed to be released in August. The company has posted to this effect on its Face Book page and also added that they would be confirming price details in late July.
This is not the first time that ASUS has not been able to meet its own target dates for the launch of this tablet. The initial launch had been set at mid-April along with the Eee Pad Transformer with no sign of the device when the dates came and passed by. Reports though, had mentioned issues arising out of the sliding / tilting hinge mechanism for the QWERTY keyboard being the main reason for the Slider to miss out on its launch schedule.
There are rumors though of the Slider undergoing some redesign with the incorporation of Intel’s new Oak Trail Atom Z670 processor in place of the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset that was originally announced. There is also news about a Tegra 3 based Transformer 2 being launched in October or November in all probability. The date of the launch is close to the launch of the first-gen Eee Pad Slider’s launch window.
The Slider includes a 10.1 inch display having a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and is built around a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor. The Slider gets its names from the unique design layout comprising of a keypad that hides behind the display and can be slid out whenever there is the need for typing. The sliding jeypad is in addition to the virtual keypad that the tablet incorporates and provides a tablet with a notebook like form factor.