If it seems like a long time ago since we first saw the Eee Pad Slider, that’s because it was way back at CES when Asus first let us get our hands on the 10.1-inch Android tablet with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
The Slider was originally supposed to come out in May, though later Asus reportedly pushed that date to August. Now some reports are saying that the latest tablet from Asus will hit retail shelves in September.
Why believe the hype this time around? Well, Asus has posted some specs for the Eee Pad Slider SL101 on its website, for one. And an Asus Italy rep has apparently told Notebook Italia that the delayed tablet is arriving in that country next month.
As with all of the assorted product release rumors out there, we’ll believe it when it’s officially confirmed by Asus that the Slider has an official release date. For now, it’s still useful to look at the specs Asus posted this week, if only to refresh your memory as to what you’ll be getting with this tablet.
Basically, the Slider that’s coming out in September (or whenever) is the same one that batteries-company.com saw at CES in January, with a couple of big differences.
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First, the CES demo version of the Eee Pad Slider ran Google’s Android 2.2, because Honeycomb wasn’t ready for prime time then. The Slider that’s shown on the Asus site runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb with an upgrade path for Android 3.2.
Second, battery life is quite a bit better in the release model as well. The demo Slider promised about six hours of laptop battery life, while the release version’s 25Wh Li-Polymer battery can deliver up to eight hours between charges, according to Asus.
Other components and features remain the same. The Eee Pad Slider SL101 has a dual-core, 1.0Ghz Tegra 2 processor from Nvidia, a 10.1-inch LED Backlight WXGA display with ten-finger multi-touch support and 1280-by-800 resolution, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera and 5 megapixel rear camera, and comes in 16GB and 32GB flavors.
The Slider weighs in at 960 grams and comes in either brown or white. It supports Adobe Flash and multi-tasking. Applications include ASUS Launcher, MyLibrary, MyNet, MyCloud, File manager, Kindle books, Zinio Magazine, PressReader, Polaris Office, and ASUS sync.
Asus has said the Slider will support 3G connectivity but isn’t making its carrier partnerships known as of yet.