ASUS’ Eee Pad Slider (SL101) Android tablet hits the FCC

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ASUS’ Eee Pad Slider, also known as the SL101, has faced several delays since it was unveiled at CES this year.  Originally planned to launch in May 2011 and later pushed back to August, ASUS has so far provided few details about the Slider’s launch date.  However today the Slider hit the FCC, suggesting that we may indeed see the device soon.  The Slider, described in FCC filings as the SL101, won approval for Bluetooth and WiFi.  No 3G capabilities were mentioned in FCC filings.

The Slider is notable, of course, for its trademark sliding keyboard that emerges from beneath the device’s screen.  The Android 3.0 device will feature a 10.1-inch screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution, front (1.2MP) and rear (5MP with flash) cameras, and a host of ports including microSD, mini HDMI out and mini USB.  The Slider was expected to rock a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, but there has been some speculation that ASUS will offer a Windows 7 version of the Slider that will rely on an Intel Atom Z670.

Hopefully today’s FCC filing is a good sign that we will be seeing the Slider soon.  In a world of run-of-the-mill slates, the Slider’s design is quite refreshing, and we can’t wait to get our hands on one. 

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