EP121: Asus Eee Slate
With its eight CES Innovation awards in tow, ASUS is really putting its foot forward in showing the world how serious they are when ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih said “We focus on the mastery of technological innovation and design perfection.” At the CES, Shih was proud to unveil the “most powerful tablet”, the ASUS EP121 or code name Asus Eee slate.
The Asus EP121 or Eee Slate is a 12.1 inch IPS display (with a 1280×800 resolution on a capacitive touchscreen) slate PC powered by Intel Core i5-470UM (yes Core i5 chipset) and runs under Windows 7 Home Premium. While others may disagree with the “most powerful tablet” label, Asus Eee slate is considerably powerful on its own right. Eee Slate PC comes with a Wacom digitizer- which works like a real pen where you can use to take down notes or draw- and an external Bluetooth keyboard that allows it to be used like any other desktop or laptop.
The Eee slate also features a 32GB or 64GB of SSD storage (expandable via SDXC);up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, Wireless-N, HDMI, USB and SD card reader. This gizmo, measuring 312x207x16.95mm at 2.5 pounds sports a 2.0-megapixel camera with flash LED, internal mic, and a stereo speaker.
According to the official product press release statement:
“For consumers who value productivity, entertainment and desktop power on-the-go, ASUS offers the Eee Slate EP121 which boasts a 12.1” multi-touch screen with Intel® Core™ i5 processor technology running on Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium operating system. The Eee Slate EP121 is the most powerful tablet ever introduced and allows the user to run a variety of desktop applications on its 64GB SSD drive while offering various data input options ranging from a Wacom Digitizer pen to an included Bluetooth wireless keyboard for ultimate user flexibility. ”
Basically, the Eee slate PC serves as a multimedia player, e-book reader, compact PC and internet device. It offers two convenient modes of character input—an embedded virtual keyboard and a special docking station-cum-keyboard and provides over 10 hours of use.
Aside from the Eee slate, ASUS, Taiwan-based multinational computer product manufacturer, has also announced another member of its Eee Pad series slate at the Computex 2010 earlier. The company has also introduce the 10-inch Eee Pad EP101TC during the said event. The smaller 10-inch EP101TC is slimmer at 12.2mm and weighs just 675g. No technical details are available yet.
Meanwhile, the Slate EP121 will be available in the first quarter at a price range of $999 to $1,099.