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Asus tablets to launch in UK in April and Q3 without 3G

Questions remain over Honeycomb
Mon Feb 28 2011, 18:32

PC WORLD AND CURRYS will be stocking Asus' Windows 7 Eee Slate EP121 tablet from April, a month that will also see two other Asus tablets go on sale but those might or might not have 3G or Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

In April Asus will put the 10-inch Eee Pad Transformer and 10-inch Eee Pad Slider on sale in the UK but questions remain over exactly what their specifications will be.

Today Asus announced that they will have Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which is what the company claimed at the Consumer Electronics Show, but that turned out to be a little premature. In mid-January it became apparent there were technical challenges remaining for using Honeycomb.

Whatever the final outcome of the Honeycomb confusion, Asus told The INQUIRER in mid-January that the 3G versions of the Transformer, Slider and 7-inch Memo tablets will not appear in the UK until a quarter after it launches the WiFi editions. For the Transformer and Slider that means the 3G versons will not appear until July at the earliest and for the Memo, from September.

This lack of 3G was clear from the technical information released today and Asus did not answer The INQUIRER's questions about the technical omission before we went to print. But in the technical descriptions only the Slider has any reference to 3G and this is said to be optional. The Windows 7 Slate has Wifi with 802.11n wireless support, but again there is no mention of 3G.

The Slider has a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, hence the name, and has an Nvidia Tegra 2 chip, an Nvidia GPU and a 1.2MP front facing camera plus a 5MP rear facing camera. It's aimed at businesses as well as consumers.

The Transformer also uses Nvidia's CPU and GPU and has a removable keyboard. The Memo is a 7.1-inch display device, will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will be available from "early Q3".

The Wintel tablet is called the Eee Slate EP121 and it will come with 2GB or 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB or 64GB of SSD storage and have Bluetooth and a 12.1-inch 1280x800 touch LED display as well as an Intel Core i5 CPU. It also will have 802.11n wireless support, a mini-HDMI port, two USB ports, a card reader, and a 2MP dual webcam.

No UK prices for any of these products have been made available yet. µ


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