May, 26 2011

ASUS has begun the hype train for several products across all their lines. One product being teased is a “phonblet”, we imagine, as they posed the question “is it a phone or is it a pad” on their Facebook page earlier this week. They’ve confirmed something else they’ll be coming to Computex with, though – the Eee Pad Slider.

This thing was outed right around the same time the Transformer was (at CES) but, as you know, has yet to be released. We got a peek at an early version of the Slider at Mobile World Congress back in February, but it wasn’t running Honeycomb and we couldn’t get our hands on it much. If you folks liked the Transformer, the Slider might be of equal interest.

Instead of having a detachable keyboard (which also doubles as an extended battery), the Slider’s keyboard is hidden and can be exposed by sliding the display up, effectively turning it into a netbook. It’ll be running Android 3.0, will have NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor inside,  a 10.1 inch 1280×800 IPS display, 16GB or 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, USB and HDMI ports, a microSD card slot and more. The Slider will be priced from $500-800 depending on which configuration you opt for.

We’ll have Computex coverage from Taiwan so stay tuned come May 30th when it all kicks off. [ASUS Facebook]

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