The Asus Eee Pad Slider has perhaps been in the news more for its constant delays than anything else. However, Asus surprised us all by launching the device in South Africa. That’s not all as the Slider has also been spotted in a Portuguese catalog for Phone House — as the Carphone Warehouse brand is known outside the UK — which means its foray in the European market is not too far away either.
As for its price, anyone with R5,999 or about USD 890 can pick up the Asus Slider in South Africa while the same in Portugal will come for €349 or $497 with ZON being the official partner. Without contractual obligations, the Slider tablet will cost €479 or $684. There is no definite release dates available as yet for either of the countries though with prices announced, that does not seem too far away.
Also, for those who might have lost track of the tablet itself, here is a quick refresher. The Eee Pad Slider is quite similar to its other brethren — the Transformer in that the Slider too runs Android Honeycomb and is powered by the 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. The tablet includes a 5 and 1.2 megapixel rear and front facing camera along with other features such as GPS, mini HDMI output, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Upfront, its a 10.1 inch touchscreen display having a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. However, its the unique slide out QWERTY keyboard design that really makes the tablet to stand out from the rest. Plus, Asus has also promised the Android 3.2 update for the Slider soon.
These apart, another feature of the Slider tablet that has just been revealed include USB host capabilities. The only other Android tablet to also boast of such is the Thrive and now, with the Slider too being in that exclusive group, this is just another great reason to opt for the same. In factm this might just be the start of a new trend among Android tablet manufacturers, of including support for third party peripherals.
Also catch up with the Eee Pad Slider showing its USB host capabilities.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email