ASUS Eee Slate EP121, the tablet to beat?
Asus announced an oversize tablet at CES, the 12-inch Eee Slate EP121 tablet. Steve Jobs probably won’t agree to a tablet the size of a notebook, same as him disagreeing with a 7-inch tablet. But this is no ordinary tablet. We’ve seen countless of tablets using Intel’s Atom, the new dual-core N550 Atom, and even Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor, but what about a quad-core processor in a tablet? Now that’s what I call going over the edge.
The 12-inch Eee Slate EP121 is powered by an Intel Core i5-470UM processor, packing 2 to 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB SSD. The organs might be great, but the outer skin is also no joke. Its 12-inch panel is of a high-resolution 1280 x 800 IPS capacitive display with a Wacom digitizer. Yes, caught that? That’ll allow you to use the included stylus to draw those silly comics or your daydreaming love novels. But of course Asus would prefer you to use it for note taking in class.
ASUS maintains that the tablet breeds entertainment with enterprise, but something tells us the front-facing camera and HDMI port will have this one in the living room more than the board room. ASUS says the EP121 should be hitting sometime in the first quarter of the year for around $1,100, with an unknown upgrade model coming soon. LTE in this tablet? Might be!