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  • vol7ron - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    As with all things computing, the success hinders on options and price. They have to give enough of the former and reduce enough of the later.

    True belief: pad/netbook devices need a smaller profit margin.
  • michael2k - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    The high profit margin is the only reason that anyone is entering the market. Without the high profit margin, no one would introduce a single, let alone four, products.

    Let the early adopters pay the high margin if that is what concerns you.
  • MobiusStrip - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    GPS. EVERY tablet should have GPS. Tablets are little more than a gimmick, but the addition of GPS would add solid value at very little cost to the manufacturer. Not to mention beating Apple, which irritatingly omitted GPS from half the iPads.

    Any vendor that fails to take this obvious step doesn't deserve your dollars, and their products aren't going to be around long anyway.
  • tipoo - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    On the spec sheet next to battery life they probably just write "No". Reply
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    Except we got pretty good battery life from the ASUS U30Jc, and the UL80Jt, and.... It will depend on how big the battery is, but the i5-470UM ought to be able to hit at least five hours on a ~30Wh battery. Reply
  • VivekGowri - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    Yeah, they didn't actually mention battery life, indicating that it's probably not very good.....Unfortunate, but it's a reality. I think Windows slates are going to be doomed to mediocre battery life - Intel chips aren't low-power enough for tablets (yet). That'll change with Moorestown and Oak Trail, but right now they just can't compete with ARM as far as handheld battery life. Reply
  • halcyon - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    Well, Asus pretty much wrote "no" in the specs of Eee Slate EP121:

    Battery life: up to 3 hours (under specific conditions, which you can easily guess what those are)

    In real life usage that is going to mean less than 2 hours of battery life.

    If that is not a FAIL for a tablet, I don't know what is.
  • tipoo - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    Yeah, three hours is what I would consider bad in a laptop, let alone a tablet. Reply
  • headbox - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    I predict Zune-like sales if they're lucky. Reply
  • bplewis24 - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    Anybody else find it interesting that Asus is going with IPS displays across the board here when they generally do not use IPS displays in their mainstream desktop monitor line of products?

    Does this signify a shift in focus that will carry over to their desktop monitors or will it be exclusive to their tablet/slate product line?

  • wifiwolf - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    That's what i'm hoping. Sure notebook panels have been improving but not as much as I would expect - it's more marketing talk all around HD, LED, 3D. But nothing about image quality directly. All those are indirect ways to improve quality but I hope this is a trend beginning now not only for tablets but for every display. If not, at least for products which the price is already a premium and it doesn't make sense to be cheap (1000$+ notebooks for instance). Reply
  • mcnabney - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    Slates practically require the IPS screen, especially when the iPad which defines the device has one.

    A desktop screen doesn't really need the IPS screen since the user generally sets it up to be best viewed from the seated position. Slates are constantly held at many angles and require the enhanced viewing angles to maintain the user experience.
  • softdrinkviking - Saturday, May 28, 2011 - link

    100% agree.

    i won't buy a slate or another smartphone that has a crappy TN panel in it. i want ips or better from now on. those devices are like 75% screen.
  • hvakrg - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    Does the Windows slate come with a HDMI dock, or is that extra? Reply
  • Chinoman - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    At that price and size it's hard for me to not see the EP121 in comparison to the 11" MBA. Can anyone else see them competing? Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    No, as one's a computer and one's a tablet Reply
  • michael2k - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    What's the difference between a computer and a tablet?

    Given that the tablet runs Windows 7, has a 12.1" screen, and a core i5, I think it's actually more similar than dissimilar. One bluetooth keyboard and you have a valid MBA competitor.
  • LostPassword - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    well at least we know those rumours about honey comb system requirements are wrong. but with these prices, i think i'm just going to keep my g tablet i got on sale. Reply
  • snoozemode - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    The Transformer is awesome. This type of dock should be offered to all tablets by their respective manufactures.

    The Slider, nah, I think they prolly just released that product to see the demand. Don't think there will be a successor to that.
  • stlc8tr - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    Do any of these tablets have GPS capability? Reply
  • MobiusStrip - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    Too bad more people aren't asking this question.

    The lack of GPS on any and every tablet is DUMB. It's an easy way to add value to an otherwise horseshit product and trump half the iPads.
  • strikeback03 - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    Really? You are going to carry around a 10" screen for GPS use? Reply
  • stlc8tr - Thursday, January 06, 2011 - link

    "Really? You are going to carry around a 10" screen for GPS use? "

    Maybe not for turn-by-turn directions but I definitely think that other geolocation services like Foursquare, Yelp, etc. would be utilized.
  • metafor - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    Snapdragons have GPS integrated. But whether there's a radio/antenna and software to enable it is a different question.... Reply
  • Gary Key - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    Yes, we will have GPS on select models and we are using Gorilla glass. Tthe prices are not set yet as they depend on a wide variety of options, mainly on drive/memory size and additional communication devices. ;) Reply
  • softdrinkviking - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - link

    "On paper, while the Slider seems like a cool form factor, there doesn't appear to be a compelling reason to choose it over the Transformer, no matter what your use case is."

    I think this would be useful for my case. I ride two trains to work, so i can slide out the keyboard on my lap and type, rather than using the touch screen buttons on a shaky train. when i don't need to type, i can hide the keyboard.
  • beginner99 - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    IMHO all too expensive. And 8 hours battery life? I thought these ARM based chips are much better than Atom let alone a core i5. Reply
  • juzz86 - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    If you're driving a 4" AMOLED display they are :) Reply
  • Seggybop - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    it's pretty amazing how manufacturers today have almost caught up with the 8-year old Compaq/HP TC1100 design. revolutionary stuff here ^_^ Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    Now THAT was a tablet. I had one a few years back, with maxed out hard drive space at 120Gb and 2Gb ram. Tweaked Win7 install and it was amazing. That very same machine with Touch..... I'd buy it the same day! Reply
  • softdrinkviking - Thursday, January 06, 2011 - link

    remind me, how was the battery life on that one? Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    I wouldn't really call the R2h a 'convertible tablet' and I should know as I have one sitting right next to me, with it's cray stylus that no longer likes to stay in it's slot and fan that never stops. Mmm, celeron.
    Why haven't I ever repalced it? Simple, it's great. Slow, huge, but does what it does. I might even get an SSD drive for it one day.

    It also had gps! (Never worked very well, but its there)
  • ATOmega - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    Not sure why tablet makers insist on gouging us so hard. Overall, the hardware costs them peanuts to produce. The majority of the OS is produced by google and all they're doing is integrating it. Most of the devices of which already have drivers.
    None of this is new to ASUS who have been in the business since forever. So why the premium? SOCs are supposed to reduce prices, not drive them up.

    Do these use Gorilla Glass? Do they have GPS? Will I be able to buy one from somewhere other than a cell phone service provider? Will I be able to use the Android market? Are the prices in Canada going to have another $40 tacked on arbitrarily, even though our dollar is at par? How much extra will we pay just to get 1GB instead of 512MB?

    I'm incredibly interested in the Transformer, but I'm not shelling out what will likely be $800 for a tablet and the keyboard! Get real! Offer a pack of the 1GB RAM model with the keyboard for $500. Overnight tablet market domination.
  • sjprg2 - Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - link

    Why at this late date are they STILL putting USB 2 instead of USB 3 ports, and only 1 GB of memory? Same crap, with nothing moving ahead. No PCI-E ribbon for SSDs. Come on turkeys, Give us something to feel worthwhile spending our money on instead of rehashed crap. Still pushing SATA when PCIE is the logical step. Price is important, but performance is the bottom line for buying technology NOT toys.
  • alfredska - Thursday, January 06, 2011 - link

    Vivek Gowri's style of writing makes this article difficult to read right from the start. The first paragraph includes two sentences that start with "If you (are) ASUS...". The congratulatory statement to ASUS is probably best moved to end of the article and directed differently. These are quickly followed by an incomprehensible list that fails to properly join operating systems and hardware: "Three of them are Honeycomb-based tablets, joined by a traditional Windows slate. Looking at the Android tablets, we have the MeMO, a 7” Snapdragon slate, the Transformer, a 10” Tegra 2 slate with an optional keyboard docking station (hence the name), and the Slider, an interesting 10” model with a sliding, tilting keyboard (think a supersized HTC Touch Pro 2)." First, honeycomb should have been linked to Android for the bulk of the public who isn't familiar with all of the Android OS names. Second, list the devices concisely, then follow with descriptions. The processor names look as if they could be tablet names.

    I gave up reading beyond page one.
  • accolite - Friday, January 07, 2011 - link

    Ive been looking for a slate with these kinds of specs for a while and the other is the Wacom pen, one question before I get too excited about this slate, is the pen pressure sensitive?

    If it is I am getting one as soon as it is coming out.
  • Anon51 - Sunday, March 20, 2011 - link

    Let the buyer beware!

    I signed up just to say, as an owner of a Garmin-Asus A10 smartphone, it has come to my attention that every single LCD panel Asus uses in that phone has a significant amount of lazy pixels. After sending it back to Asus for repairs several times, every LCD panel they have replaced have come back equally flawed. Refunds are not available.

    Suffice to say, i am extremely skeptical of their products, especially when they are priced well below market. Protect yourselves and do not purchase from this company unless you can be guaranteed a refund.

    I pray you have a better experience with them than i did.

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