Asus has confirmed that the 3G model of the previously Wi-Fi only Eee Pad Transformer will arrive in the UK in August, as will the Eee Pad Slider – first unveiled at CES in Las Vegas in January of this year.
A post on Asus UK’s Facebook page reads: “Eee Pad Slider coming to the UK in Aug, as is the 3G Transformer. We’ll provide specific details on where to buy and exact date of availability nearer the time. Thank you for being so patient.”
We all know the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, right? 10.1in screen, 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, Honeycomb, keyboard dock… Cheekily, when the Eee Pad Transformer sold out shortly after release, Asus put it down to “demand” rather than the paltry supply.
The Asus Eee Pad Slider has almost identical specs; 10.1in display, dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, Honeycomb, and a 5MP/1.3MP rear/front camera combo.
The big difference, of course, being the Eee Pad Slider’s sliding QWERTY keyboard. It slides out from behind the screen, and can be angled for laptop-style typing. On the down side, it makes the Eee Pad Slider noticeably heavier.
Prices and junk to follow. The 16GB Wi-Fi only Asus Eee Pad Transformer currently goes for around £370, with a further £50 for the keyboard dock.
In other Eee Pad Transformer news, Taiwan Economic News reports that Asus expects to ship 300,000 units this month. That's more than any other tablet, with the exception of - you guessed it - the iPad.