ASUS Eee Pad Slider Delayed, Unique Design to Blame?

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ASUS wowed the crowds at CES 2011 with three new Eee Pads and one new Eee Slate. Six months later, only the Eee Pad Transformer Honeycomb tablet and the Windows 7 Eee Slate EP121 have hit the market, with the Eee Pad MeMO getting a 3D makeover at Computex and the Eee Pad Slider reportedly delayed.

ASUS Eee Pad SliderJust after CES, all signs pointed to an April release for the Honeycomb tablet with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. That was then pushed back to August, and now the fall (at least in the UK) according to the ASUS UK Facebook page. They also indicate that pricing and a specific release date will be confirmed in July.

The ASUS Eee Pad Slider wasn’t the only tablet sporting the unique keyboard-on-a-hinge design at CES. Samsung also unveiled a similar device running Windows 7 dubbed the Sliding PC 7 Series. It was originally scheduled to launch in March with a price point of $699. Samsung has been strangely silent since then, with little indication why the device did not ship on time and whether it will hit the market at all.

On paper, the Slider has similar specs to the other Android tablets on the market, including a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display, 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and Honeycomb operating system.

Perhaps both Samsung and ASUS are having trouble with the hinge mechanism? Maybe both ASUS and Samsung think there is little demand for devices that blend notebook and tablet functionality. To that point, ASUS writes on the same Facebook page announcing the delay that they are “running a couple of surveys to understand what is important for our customers.”

Source: Android Community



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