TAIWANESE PC MAKER Asus will not launch its 10-inch Eee Pad Slider tablet in April, contrary to its recent announcement at the CeBIT trade show, and only the company's higher specification Android tablets will have 3G.
In its 28 February UK statement, Asus had said the Slider would be available in April, but today Asus confirmed exclusively to The INQUIRER that its earlier statement was not true.
The Slider is now delayed to June, which is the expected date for the 7-inch Memo, and of Asus' three Android tablets only the 10.1-inch Eee Pad Transformer will arrive in April.
The Transformer has Android 3.0 Honeycomb and a sample with it running was on display at CeBIT. The Slider and Memo tablets at the company's exhibit did not have Honeycomb, but Asus expects the products to have Android 3.0 when they ship in June.
Asus quoted no sterling prices but The INQUIRER was told the Transformer will sell for €399 on the continent if it has 16GB of storage. The higher storage models with 32GB and 64GB will have higher prices up to €699, and only the top model is likely to have 3G.
Strangely 3G was not mentioned in the 28 February press release at all. And only WiFi was referred to for the Asus Eee Slate EP121, its 12.1-inch Windows 7 tablet. Asus would not confirm to The INQUIRER exactly what Android tablet models will have what WiFi and or 3G. However it told The INQUIRER, "3G will come with the higher specification models [for all three tablets]".
The Slider will be priced at €499 for the basic 16GB version with the price rising to €799 for the 64GB version. The Memo will sell for €499 for the 16GB and €699 for the 32GB option, which comes with a Bluetooth capable basic handset-like device.
Through the BT link the handset device can act as an MP3 player, with a user's music streamed from the tablet to the handset's headphones. There is no 64GB option with the Memo.
There also seems to be no change to the timetable that will see Asus launch 3G versions one quarter after the WiFi versions. If so, the Asus 64GB Transformer tablet will not appear until July, and then the Slider and Memo tablets won't be seen until September.
The INQUIRER earlier exclusively revealed Asus' Honeycomb troubles in January. µ
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