If you love the idea behind ASUS' recently announced MeMO tablet but want a physical keyboard, you'll be delighted to know that the company has just announced two more Android tablets in the Eee Pad line - namely, the Slider and the Transformer.
For the most part, the two share the same specs:
- Tegra 2 processor
- 512MB RAM, 1GB ROM
- 10.1" 1280x800 capacitive IPS display
- 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 5 MP rear
- Mini HDMI port
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
However, there are also some key differentiators between the Slider and the Transformer - for example, the former includes a USB 2.0 port, while the latter comes with 16, 32, or 64 GB of eMMC storage (as opposed to the Slider's 16 or 32 GB of flash). The main difference, though, is that the Slider has a slide-up QWERTY keyboard, while the Transformer is a stand-alone tablet that can be plugged into a keyboard dock.
Personally, I like the Transformer more (especially since the aforementioned keyboard dock doubles as an external battery), but honestly, I'd be happy with either of them. Luckily, ASUS won't be making us wait too long - the Slider will launch in May for a price tag between $500 and $800, and the Transformer will be arriving in April for something between $400 and $700.