The new series of stylish Eee Pad’s are to be powered by Honeycomb, or Android 3.0, according to reports from CES.The trio, the Eee Pad MeMO, Transformer and the Slider are the latest offering by the Taiwanese computer maker, adding to their already top-selling Eee family of netbooks, first announced at the Computex show which was held in Taipei last June.
The new Pads, displayed at CES 2011, is the latest bid by Asus to gain some of the tab market share gobbled up by the phenomenally popular Apple iPad, although precise details on the portable devices is still somewhat sketchy.
In order to compete with the iPad, Asus sought to strengthen the Eee Pad’s industrial design and collaborated with Google to adopt the Android platform, chairman Jonney Shih said earlier this year.
The 7.1 inch Eee Pad EMeMO, which doubles as a Smartphone, is said to include features including dual-cameras, 1080p video playback, and a micro HDMI port, running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
The hybrid device also does as it says on the tin, featuring custom art and memo-pad programs.
The note taking device will costs around $499 to $699 when it hits the stores in June this year.
The middle child of the Eee Pad family, the Transformer, looks more like a netbook than a conventional Pad device, with its detachable, full size keyboard and 10.1 inch screen.
With its IPS display (1280_800 pix) and long battery life (16 hours) as well as NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, rear (5 megapix) and front facing camera ( 1.2 megapix), which is still currently lacking on the iPad, the device could well bridge the gap between a tab and netbook device.
It is to be priced competitively from $399 to $699.
The Eee Pad Slider features the same hardware as the Transformer (10.1 IPS display, Tegra 2, dual-cameras) and runs on Asus custom built MyWave UI.
Its lightweight, nifty design allows the keyboard to slide under the screen when not in use, giving the impression of a notebook but with the extra hint of portability allowed by tabs.