While others were busy building their iPad clones, Asus used CES 2011 to announce a duo of leftfield tablets called the Eee Pad Transformer and Eee Pad Slider. The former recently performed admirably in our test lab, and now the Slider is finally ready to make its bow, according to the Dutch rumour mill. Tablet Magazine claims the 32GB Slider will launch in September for £440, with the 16GB model scrapped and a 3G model to follow in early 2012.
Much like its transforming sibling, the Slider rocks a unique form-factor thanks to a QWERTY keyboard that slides out from the back. Unlike the Transformer, though, it's not detachable, leaving you with a device that's 16.7mm thick. Its unique edge means it's more of a laptop/tablet hybrid, and a good alternative if your inability to speed type on a touchscreen keyboard is too rage-inducing.
With the latest incarnation of Android under its belt, this is one 10.1in Honeycomb tablet that's going to mix things up a bit. Need a reminder of why? Check out our Asus Eee Slider spec burst.