ASUS Eee Slate EP121 tablet to be released in Australia on 15 April

ASUS Eee Slate to feature 12.1in screen, Core i5 CPU and plenty of ports

ASUS today announced that its 12.1in tablet, the Eee Slate EP121, will be released in Australia on 15 April at a cost of $1499. The ASUS Eee Slate EP121 will have a 1280x800, LED-backlit capacitive touchscreen and it will weigh around 1.16kg. Using WACOM technology, it will be able to support both finger touch and pen input, which will make it appeal to users who want good handwriting and drawing capabilities.

The Eee Slate will run Windows 7 Home Premium and have beefy specifications: it will run an Intel Core i5-470UM CPU, 2GB of 4GB of DDR SDRAM, integrated Intel graphics and a 64GB solid-state drive. The Eee Slate will resemble a real computer without a built-in keyboard, rather than an iPad, as it will have plenty of inputs around its edges, including two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, a 2-in1 audio jack and an SD card slot. You'll also get 802.11n W-Fi and Blutooth 3.0. It will run a 4-cell battery with a rating of 34 Watt-hours, which ASUS claims will be good for a life of four and a half hours, as tested in 3DMark Reader mode.

The screen is said to have a technology similar to IPS (in-plane switching) called Advanced Fringe Field Switching, which will help provide wide viewing angles from the sides. ASUS claims viewing angles of 178 degrees. Users who want to be productive with the ASUS Eee Slate EP121 won't have to put up with a virtual keyboard, as the tablet will ship with a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard by default.

Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice-president of the OEM division at Microsoft, said of the ASUS Eee Slate Ep121, "this unique PC provides a great combination of productivity, entertainment and social networking that we believe delivers a no-compromise mobile computing solution."

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three_pineapples

1

Mine should be arriving from the US next week!

It should be noted that this is an ACTIVE pen digitiser, meaning it has pressure sensitivity (256 levels). It will be way way way better than any of the previous pen inputs you have used on a tablet before (they were usually resistive screens before).

This pretty much means that this tablet will be very useful if you want to create content.

Drawing works very well (aka in photoshop, which the core i5 handles easily), and it seems the perfect candidate for Microsoft One Note.

At least that's what I've seen from reviews, etc. Can't wait to try it out myself!

Me

2

I love getting products 4 months later and $500 more expensive than the U.S even though our dollar is at parity. Sweet!

twinky

3

i agree with "Me", it doesn't cost 500 to get things to aust.

I'm disappointed because this was the one slate product that I thought would give me the things I wanted and I was getting excited with the 1099 US price tag given the exchange rate.

oh well, the search continues.

Paul Herbert

4

Hey correct me if I am wrong but why for that price are we not getting the full amount of RAM and wny is it more expencive?

I thought in the US it was $1000 for 32G sdd and 2G RAM and for $1100 it was 64G ssd and 4G RAM!

Paul

5

I agree why do Aussies pay 1.5 times what the price is in America when our dollar is better than theirs seems a ripoff to me plus the specs had better be the same . Let's speak to our politicans & make them earn their keep

Maurice

6

ASUS products in Australia are imported by distributors, which equates to a big price hike. Invariably US visitors to my work always remark how expensive technology is in Australia.

Vanessa

7

Does anyone know who what retailers are going to be stocking the ASUS?

Matt

8

Just boycott the bull$hit, and import one from the US. Thanks to above parity it works out practically the same (may have to pay 5% on the import). If everyone imports one maybe they will start getting the picture.

Dr T

9

Screw that!!

I got mine weeks age through amazon preorder, 64gb ssd and 4gb ram $1200 including postage.

Great piece of hardware, Iam very happy with it.

caleb

10

im abit surprised that the battery life is so low

Pissed Aussie

11

I agree the price difference has spoiled it for Aussies (just because we have a large design community, dosn't mean we should pay more), if you can buy it from anywhere else do it, this is bullS#*T!!!!

Asus is bloody made in Tiwan for f#&ks sake!!!

Dags

12

I bought the Eee slate as soon as it came out and love it. I have actually tossed my iPad to my brother because the Asus cr@ps on the iPad.

emgee

13

Have read that there's trouble with the AC adapter if you import one from the US... Hmmm. And still no sign of it in Aussie retailers?

CruzinHard

14

Harvey Norman stock them at $1499 for 64GB 4GB Ram

Peter Rose

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It looks as though this is the only site of yours that is available to contact you without having to put out a list of s/numbers etc
I have a DB-T Digital TV stick
Is there any way to contact you about my problem which I cannot find a listing for Thank you.Peter

Maternity Clothes Online

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This is the third time I've been to your site. Thanks for posting more details.

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