Wee Jonney Shih, Asustek’s CEO, first lifted the lid on the Asus Eee Pad MeMo – a 7in tablet affair – at CES in Vegas, last January.
It’s gone through various changes over the months, but sources of netbooknews reckon Asus has finally settled on a design, and that the Eee Pad MeMo will touch down in January 2012.
The Asus Eee Pad MeMo was previously seen with a transparent glass display, and temporarily embraced 3D action. Both of those elements have now been dropped.
Asus has a propensity for unusual designs, and the Eee Pad MeMo doesn’t disappoint. It features a MeMic Bluetooth companion for making calls and listening to music, and it also functions as a media remote.
According to the aforementioned sources, the MeMic feature is partly to blame for the delay in getting the Asus Eee Pad MeMo to market. That, and the time required to negotiate deals with carriers.
It’s not clear if the Asus Eee Pad MeMo will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), as the manufacturer will understandably be focused on the quad-core Asus Transformer Prime.
In any case, we’re looking forward to having a play around with both. Bring ‘em on, Asus.