The ASUS Eee Pad Slider, a convertible mobile tablet with an attached keyboard, will hit the U.S. by the end of the month.
The Slider will be Android 3.2 Honeycomb-based, with the 16GB model starting at $475 and the 32GB set to retail for $575.
The Eee Pad Slider will weigh in at 2.2 pounds and will measure half an inch thick, even with a keyboard tucked underneath. The sliding slate will be powered by a dual core Tegra 2 processor and will feature a 1.2MP front-facing camera, a 5MP rear shooter, a miniHDMI out, a miniUSB port and a microSD slot. ASUS’s latest tablet will sport a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display and will support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
ASUS first unveiled this compact device at CES 2011 along with the Eee Pad Transformer, where we got our first hands on experience. The Slider we demoed at that time did not have Honeycomb, though it was fully functional with Android installed. Even then, the Eee Pad Slider featured the animated flowing water wallpaper, which doubles as a battery life indicator, that everybody is buzzing about.
While our previous time spent with the Slider was rather limited, we will have a more extensive review on the convertible tablet in a few weeks when we receive a unit in house.