ASUS UK has indicated that launch of the Eee Pad Slider has been delayed, with the converting Honeycomb tablet now expected sometime in the Autumn (aka Fall) rather than August as previously promised. According to the company’s Facebook page, the “Eee Pad Slider will be coming to the UK this Autumn” and ASUS will “confirm dates and pricing later in July.”
No reason for the delay has been given, though it’s not the first time ASUS has been forced to postpone the tablet’s launch. Back in February it was initially expected to arrive in mid-April, alongside the surprisingly capable Eee Pad Transformer. April came and went, however, with no sign of the Eee Pad Slider, though reports did suggest that ASUS was experiencing issues with the sliding/tilting hinge mechanism for the QWERTY keyboard.
However, other rumors tipped a more fundamental redesign of the Slider, with the possibility of a switch from the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset originally shown to Intel’s new Oak Trail Atom Z670. Meanwhile, a Tegra 3 based Transformer 2 has been pegged for October or November, close to what it seems will be the first-gen Eee Pad Slider’s launch window.
We played with ASUS’ prototype Eee Pad Slider shortly after its debut at CES 2011, and you can see more in the video below.