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ASUS launch Eee Pad Slider tablet

ASUS have announced the launch of their latest tablet, the Android-powered Eee Pad Slider.

The Eee Pad Slider stamps its own mark on the tablet market with a slide-out keyboard, making it look a bit like a big HTC Desire Z – which should keep Asus safe from the wrath of Apple’s legal team. The slide-out keyboard reportedly works so well that the Eee Pad Slider even picked up a design award at the International Design Excellence Awards 2011.

ASUS have shown us some pretty radical tablet design before, with the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, a tablet that attaches to a keyboard dock and opens and closes like a laptop. We were fans, giving it four stars in our review, so we’re excited to have a play with this latest tablet-laptop hybrid when it lands later this month.

The Eee Pad Slider will be available in Blighty from the 24th of October in Curry’s and PC World, priced at a tablet-standard £429.99. With the iPad still way ahead in tablet sales and the Kindle Fire set to dominate the Android market with its $200 price tag, is there a niche for a physical keyboard-touting tablet? Your thoughts in the comments below.

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