Asus tablet bonanza kicks off CES 2011



The first major press conference of CES 2011 got the world's biggest gadget show off to a spectacular start. Asus stepped up, unveiling a raft of tablets, from whopping great 12.1 inch Eee Slate to some curious netbook/tablet crossovers, and a dreamy flexible screen concept.

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Here's a quick run down of what Asus pulled out of the bag. Be warned, some serious gadget temptation lies within.

Asus Eee Pad Slider
The Asus Eee Pad slider looks like a giant smartphone with its slide out QWERTY keyboard. The big news about this 10.1 inch netbook tablet crossover is that it will come loaded with Android Honeycomb, the next major OS release from Google.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer
Another hybrid, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is a tablet with a removable keyboard. The screen is a standard 10.1 inch touchscreen, and it's running Android with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset under the hood, meaning it will be able to run Honeycomb when Google releases the software.

Asus Eee Slate
The Asus Eee Slate has a 12.1 inch screen, and runs Windows 7 rather than Android. It looked pretty hefty from where we were sitting, but full Flash support means it'll load any web page you throw at it. Still, this is definitely one tablet that'll stay firmly on the sofa.

Asus Eee Pad Memo
The Asus Eee Pad Memo is Asus' contribution to the tidal wave of smaller Android tablets flooding the market. It's going head to head with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, with a seven inch screen, but it comes with a stylus, although there's no news yet on whether this means that Asus have skimped on the screen and the Eee Pad Memo has a resistive rather than a more responsive (and finger-friendly) capacitive display.

Iris concept
Iris was the icing on the cake of the Asus tablet bonanza. It's a concept device that's got an extendable and retractable screen, that's semi transparent, and can be shrunk down to a couple of inches, or extended out to be the size of a tablet. This is the follow up to the Waveface user recognition concept we saw last year from Asus. Like Waveface, Iris is purely a concept for now (Iris stands for Inspirational Research for Immersive Space), although screens like this would be a dream come true if Asus can make it happen.