CES 2011: Show Floor Coverage (Part 3)

ASUS Booth - Slates and Tablets

Memos, Sliders and Transformers

Meet the ASUS Eee Pad Memo which we had our first glance in Computex 2010. It is now much more mature and it should be available sometime in March. For the uninitiated, this is a 7-inch tablet, built-in stylus, runs on Google Adroid (Honeycomb) OS and is powered by a Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor. It even has dual cameras (5MP and 1.2MP) for easy video conferencing, and doubles up as a mobile phone with its GSM quad-band support (talk via a BT headset of course!).

Now for those who got jitters on knowing it has a stylus pen, fret not as the screen is a capacitive screen. The stylus is an additional input source for precision needs and comes handy for doodling (which responds to pressure as well) and other such needs. The Eee Pad Memo might not be as petite for its intended screen size, but it's a versatile sidekick for various needs.

Next, meet the Eee Pad Slider, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 powered tablet with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It has a 10.1-inch WXGA capacitive touch screen, dual camera sensors, optional 3G module and all of this runs on an Android (Honeycomb) OS. Like the Memo above, the Slider too supports ASUS MyWave, an online content store with cloud services.

And here she is in the horizontal layout and the keyboard slid out. It's practically a lightweight netbook.

Here's another version of the Slider tablet called the Eee Pad Transformer. Most of the specs are similar to the Slider seen above, but the main difference is the detachable keyboard, which also doubles up as an extra battery pack. The Transformer is ideal for those who need the tablet form factor more often but also want the versatility to snap one in when needed.