CeBIT 2011 kicks off this week in Hanover, and already we're seeing information trickling out. ASUS has quietly confirmed that the Eee Pad MeMO launched at CES 2011 back in January will indeed debut running Android 3.0 Honeycomb; jkkmobile spotted the news on the MeMO's full spec list, confirming a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 processor, microHDMI port and quadband HSPA+ connectivity.
ASUS has confirmed US pricing for the Eee Note EA800 digital note-taking tablet, and if the active stylus input of the HTC Flyer appealed (but the considerable price tag doesn't) then the Eee Pad could make for a very affordable - albeit monochrome - alternative. Tipped to be "coming soon," the EA800 will be under $200 in the US, despite packing WiFi b/g, a 2-megapixel camera and a battery good for up to 13.5hrs runtime.
ASUS' Eee Slate EP121 is set to ship imminently, but until then we'll have to live vicariously through the company's official unboxing and demos of the 12.1-inch Windows 7 slate. Over the course of two videos, ASUS attempts to show us why we shouldn't discount the PC tablet, and highlights some of the benefits regular Windows has over more mobile platforms like Android or iOS.
Videos after the cut
ASUS' upcoming "Sirocco" Eee PC may well be the the Eee PC 1005PW 1015PW, according to the latest tips, with the dune-textured netbooks getting an unofficial pre-unveil preview. According to imidoresc, the ASUS Eee PC 1015PW Sirocco will be a 10.1-inch WSVGA netbook with Intel's Atom N550 processor and up to 10hrs battery life.
It seems like ages since we've had a good ASUS netbook tease - the company has been so busy concentrating on its Eee Pad Slider and Transform, and Eee Slate EP121 tablets that new budget ultraportables have almost fallen at the wayside. Now ASUS is promising a new Eee PC model at an event this Wednesday, the ASUS Eee PC Sirocco.
The Eee Slate EP121, ASUS tells us, is the world's fastest tablet, packing an Intel Core i5 processor. It's also going to be expensive among the latest breed of consumer tablets, kicking off at $999 when it arrives later this month. We grabbed some last-minute hands-on time with the 12.1-inch slate to see if it's everything ASUS promise.
ASUS wasn't taking any chances with its tablet options at CES 2011: the company had two full-size Android models, the Eee Pad Slider and the Eee Pad Transform, to cater to those wanting to do content-creation on their tablets rather than just consumption. We grabbed some last-minute hands-on time with the pair ahead of their return to Taipei; check out our impressions after the cut.
If ASUS's promise that the Eee Slate EP121 is "the world's most powerful tablet" has got you curious, you may be pleased to hear that the Core i5-470UM slate's user guide has already hit the tubes. Available via ASUS' FTP site - along with what looks to be various drivers and documentation - the manual confirms that the curved Bluetooth keyboard will indeed be a bundled part of the EP121 package.
Alongside with the ASUS Transformer, the company has also announced its EeePad Slider. Being touted as a unique hybrid of tablet and mobile PC, it features a unique sliding design that exposes the keyboard when needed.