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Asus Transformer to get quad-core sequel? Eee Pad Slider also revealed

Barely out of its testing box at Recombu towers, Asus has confirmed that its Transformer tablet is set to be joined by a sequel, and a new sliding relative.

Asus chairman Jonney Shih told Forbes that they are already working on the next generation of its critically popular, if not well-publicised, Android Honeycomb tablet.

Sadly he wouldn’t divulge any details on screen improvements or whether an Eee Pad Transformer 2 would arrive alongside the next version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Rumours suggest it’ll arrive with the next generation of Nvidia chips – a quad-core Tegra 3, codenamed Kal-El. Dual-core is so dated.

In a report from Forbes, Asus have claimed their Transformer tablet has been the top-selling tablet for two weeks on Amazon. Asus boss Shih added that 300,00 units were shipped in June, with another 400,000 in July 2011.

Asus had a new tablet to reveal too. Pictured above, and channelling some smartphone design ideas, the Eee Pad Slider tablet packs a full slide-out keyboard.

It’s running Google’s Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS (with the promise of an update to the recently released Android 3.2) and a 178-degree IPS (in-plane switching) display for enviable viewing angles. The tablet is set to arrive in pearl white or metallic brown.

Similar to the Eee Pad Transformer, you’ll find Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 chipset, and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, paried with a front-facing 1.2-megapixel shooter.

Connectivity-wise the Slider looks set to make your head spin, with an eMMC slot, USB port, microSD card reader, and  miniHDMI port. More news on a UK release date – and prices – when we get them.


Via: Tom’s Guide and Pocket-Lint

Source: Forbes


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