Computer maker Asus is set to launch four new slate devices under the Eee Pad range powered by the Android and Windows 7 operating systems.
The first to hit store shelves is the Eee Slate EP121, which runs on the same Windows 7 OS we all know and love from our desktops. This will come in a rather sizable 12.1-inch variety to keep it toe-to-toe with likes of netbooks and laptops. Under the bonnet, it houses a meaty Intel i5 chipset, 4GB DDR3 of RAM and 32 to 64GB of SSD drive storage depending on the model, while outside it packs a two-megapixel camera, HDMI output, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and two USB ports.
Thus far, only electronics retailers PC World and Currys have confirmed they'll have the Slate EP121 in stock beginning of April. Prices have yet to be confirmed.
Next up is the Eee Pad Transformer, which runs on Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb. This will sport a ten-inch display and a detachable keyboard that enables it to transform into a laptop (hence the name). And to keep things running tickety-boo, the Transformer enlists the services of NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual core processor. The dock itself boasts a mini-HDMI port for HD video output.
As with most Android-run slates in the running for your tablet buck, this will come in both 3G and Wi-Fi only models, with variable internal storage options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The cheapest, that's the 16GB Wi-Fi only option, will set you back €399 (around £340), while higher end models with extra storage and 3G will run you down by up to €699.
Then we have the Eee Pad Slider, which as the name probably suggests, comes with a slide-out keyboard on a hinge mechanism. This also comes with a near identical feature set as the Transformer such as a ten-inch panel. Both the Transformer and Slider feature front and rear-facing cameras in 1.2-megapixel and five-megapixel respectively.
The slider will cost in the region of €499 for the low-end 16GB model to up to €799 for the 64GB version.
Finally, Asus also plans to release a more portable, 7-inch tablet, Eee Pad Memo. But this will not land until June.