ASUS tablets

    Good news, captain!    At the recent CES 2011 in sultry Las Vegas, ASUS introduced many different new products, including several tablets. What is there to hide, now this is a new trend and more than 80 models of “killers” were presented at the exhibition) ASUS provided the public with 4 different devices in this class - Eee Pad MeMO , Eee Pad Transformer , Eee Pad Slider and Eee Slate EP121 . About each more in detail, but for a start look here is this video from colleagues in the shop :

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    * ASUS Eee EP121 "Slate"


       I don’t remember ever before the phrase “Intel Core i5” and “ASUS Eee” were written together, but the time seems to have come - the new ASUS Eee Slate (EP121) tablet claims to be the most productive device in its class. It may not be the most compact, but this is fully explained by the filling, which you will learn about below.

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       The manufacturer supplied the device with a widescreen 12-inch touch (capacitive) screen based on the IPS-matrix - they promise large viewing angles (178 degrees) and three methods of data input. The last paragraph refers directly to the finger that comes with the Bluetooth keyboard ...

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    ... and ... ii ... the Wacom pen - all the same Windows 7 is still not so well finger-optimized. So, apparently, one of the main tasks of this device is to erase the line between a laptop and a tablet.

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    imageProcessor : Intel® Core ™ i5 -470UM (two cores, 1.33 - 1.86 GHz, 3 MB L2, 32 nm, TDP 18 W, Intel® 64)
    Display : 12.1 '' (1280x800, 16:10, IPS), touch, Capacitive
    Chipset : Intel® HM55 Express
    Graphics : Intel® HD Graphics
    RAM : 2048 or 4096 MB (DDR3-800, 1 slot)
    Data storage : 32 or 64 GB SSD
    Connectors : miniHDMI, 2xUSB (2.0), audio jack for headphone and microphone (3.5 mm)
    Wireless interfaces: Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11b / g / n
    Card reader : MMC / SD (SDHC / SDXC)
    Camera : 2 megapixel

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    Operating system : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
    Battery life : according to various sources, from 4 to 10 hours
    Dimensions : 312x207x17 mm
    Weight : 1.16 kg

    A stylish and functional case can also be supplied.

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       It is not yet clear whether the tablet will be sold in Russia, but in the USA it is already available for pre-order . Sales should begin by the end of January - at a price of $ 1000-1100 (depending on the volume of the drive).



    * ASUS Eee Pad EP101 "Transformer"


       We will not go far from the design that you saw above - all the new ASUS products have a lot in common. "Transformer" was no exception, although it has lost weight - now the thickness of the tablet is 12.99 millimeters, and weight - 680 grams.

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       The main distinguishing feature of this tablet is that it can be installed on the docking station in the form of a keyboard - to make it easier to switch between the operating mode behind the “netbook” and the “web surfing” mode somewhere on the couch and vice versa. Accordingly, it will be possible to frighten acquaintances, “tearing” the display from the usual-looking netbook. But besides adding the ability to type faster, this “keyboard” does another useful thing - it increases the battery life of the tablet up to 16 hours!

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    There are no exact specifications yet, but the key points are as follows:

    Processor: NVIDIA® Tegra 2
    Screen : 10.1 '' (1280x800, 16:10, IPS), touch, capacitive
    RAM : 512 MB - 1 GB
    Data storage : SSD-drive from 16 to 64 GB
    Operating system : Android OS (2.3 or even 3.0)
    Interfaces : card reader, miniUSB, microSD, miniHDMI, 802.11b / g / n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, optional 3G
    Optional : two webcams (1.2 MP front and 5 MP rear), support for Flash 10.1 and FullHD video, GPS, G-sensor, light sensor
    Battery life : up to 8 hours without a dock, up to 16 hours with a dock
    Weight : 680 g

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    The sales start date is not yet known, but you won’t have to wait long. Depending on the configuration, the price will vary in the range of 400 ~ 600 $.

    * ASUS Eee Pad EP102 "Slider"


       The third device, thanks to which now you do not have to decide between a tablet and a traditional netbook. ASUS Eee Pad Slider (EP102) has a minimalistic design, but it is a rather complicated device - a tablet with a full QWERTY-keyboard, which extends from the bottom if necessary; It’s great that the manufacturer provides such a choice of form factors.

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       Even with a keyboard and a fairly large screen, the weight of the device is less than a kilogram, so that you can take it anywhere - there will always be a minute to get comfortable and work. The device will also function on the new version of the Android OS.

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    Key parameters:

    Processor : NVIDIA® Tegra 2
    Screen : 10.1 '' (1280x800, 16:10, IPS), touch, capacitive
    RAM : 512 MB - 1 GB
    Data storage : SSD-drive from 16 to 64 GB
    Operating system : Android OS (2.3 or even 3.0)
    Interfaces : microSD, USB 3.0, miniHDMI, Docking port, 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR; optional 3G
    Optional : QWERTY keyboard, two webcams (1.2 MP front and 5 MP rear), support for Flash 10.1 and FullHD video, GPS, G-sensor, light sensor
    Weight : 886 g

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    Sales will start in May at a price of 500 up to $ 800.

    * ASUS Eee Pad EP71 "MeMO"


       The lineup of novelties is completed by a kind of “notebook”, which in many ways resembles its “older” brothers. At the disposal of new items - a 7-inch screen, a Qualcomm mobile processor, the Android operating system and two webcams. Input can also be done using the stylus, but this time there are no retractable or wireless keyboards included.

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       Light weight (less than 400 grams), compact size (fits in one hand), the ability to enter handwritten text (which by default is lacking in many other devices), HD video support and a relatively low price are a good option for those who need a handheld computer needed always and everywhere.

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    Key Features:

    Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 8260, 1.2 GHz
    Screen: 7.1 '' (1024x600, IPS), touch, capacitive
    Operating system : Android OS (2.3 or even 3.0)
    Optional : miniHDMI, two webcams (1.2 MP front and 5 MP rear), support FullHD video
    Weight : 389 g

    Sales of this tablet will begin in June, and the price will be from 500 to 700 $, depending on the configuration.



       I suggest not repeating it again and not writing something like “Well, they started repeating everything for Apple, blah blah blah” - they've all read it more than once) Yes, Apple was able to create a need with their product and were the first to satisfy it . However, not everyone liked this approach - the iPad has many supporters, but there are enough opponents. But the fact is obvious - a new class of devices has seriously affected the industry landscape, has changed and will change a lot more. So there is nothing surprising in such manufacturers' activity - everyone is trying to grab his piece of the pie.
       There are many novelties, one more interesting than the other - as you can see, almost everywhere there are HDMI / USB-connectors for connecting anything, SSD-drives and webcams ... and there are a lot of things that apple products are lacking for. So in the second attempt, Apple will have to try hard so that only fans are not among the users. Nevertheless, people are gradually getting smarter and now many simply don’t peck at a beautiful and high-tech toy - give them an inexpensive work tool. In general ... spun and spun - I propose to stock up on popcorn;)

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