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CeBIT 2011 | Asus reveals new info about MeMo and Transformer tablets

Taiwanese manufacturer debuts Bluetooth handset for Eee Pad MeMo and Honeycomb for Eee Pad Transformer.

Asus first announced their Eee Pad tablet lineup back at CES in January; the devices included the 10.1” Transformer, the 7” MeMo and the 10.1” Slider which includes a hidden keyboard as well. Now at the CeBIT tech conference in Germany, the company is showing off some nifty features that should come with the Transformer and MeMo tablets.

With regards to the Eee Pad MeMo, when it was first debuted Asus claimed it would ship with a Bluetooth handset to allow easy dialing through the tablet. While the handset itself wasn’t shown at CES, the folks over at Jkkmobile managed to take a long look at it today in Hanover and also caught a glimpse of the tablet’s spec sheet.

As far as the handset goes, it features a transparent screen to go along with buttons that control media playback and other functions on the tablet. The handset is roughly the same size as Nokia’s N8 phone, albeit slimmer and arguably more stylish. The device should make phone calls a much easier process than holding the 7” tablet to your ear.

Other than that, the MeMo should feature a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB SDRAM, 8/16/32/64GB of flash memory, Bluetooth, Quad-Band GSM, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, a 5MP rear-facing camera, a G-Sensor, micro-USB, HDMI, and should weigh less than 400g. The Eee Pad MeMo also comes with a special stylus that allows for more precise input.

On the other end of the spectrum, Asus debuted the Android Honeycomb OS version of their Transformer tablet. The tablet, named after its “transformation” into a laptop via clip-on keyboard, was first announced as a Honeycomb device yet early builds only included Froyo. True to their word, Asus previewed a custom Honeycomb build that features tabbed browsing support, a new taskbar at the bottom of the screen, along with custom email, calendar, and music apps. The 10.1” tablet features an IPS display, a Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage.

Unfortunately, one thing that was missing from Asus’s CeBIT display was the actual pricing for the tablets. The press representatives were talking to us about a price range between 499 and 699 Euro, the initial CES presentation listed the same price in dollars instead of euros. The presentation also had the Transformer at $399-$699, but we’ll have to wait and see what the final figures are.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-03- 1 (Update: 2012-05-26)