Barely out of its testing box at Recombu towers, Asus has confirmed that its Transformer tablet is set to be joined by a sequel, and a new sliding relative.
Asus chairman Jonney Shih told Forbes that they are already working on the next generation of its critically popular, if not well-publicised, Android Honeycomb tablet.
Sadly he wouldn’t divulge any details on screen improvements or whether an Eee Pad Transformer 2 would arrive alongside the next version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Rumours suggest it’ll arrive with the next generation of Nvidia chips – a quad-core Tegra 3, codenamed Kal-El. Dual-core is so dated.
In a report from Forbes, Asus have claimed their Transformer tablet has been the top-selling tablet for two weeks on Amazon. Asus boss Shih added that 300,00 units were shipped in June, with another 400,000 in July 2011.
Asus had a new tablet to reveal too. Pictured above, and channelling some smartphone design ideas, the Eee Pad Slider tablet packs a full slide-out keyboard.
It’s running Google’s Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS (with the promise of an update to the recently released Android 3.2) and a 178-degree IPS (in-plane switching) display for enviable viewing angles. The tablet is set to arrive in pearl white or metallic brown.
Similar to the Eee Pad Transformer, you’ll find Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 chipset, and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, paried with a front-facing 1.2-megapixel shooter.
Connectivity-wise the Slider looks set to make your head spin, with an eMMC slot, USB port, microSD card reader, and miniHDMI port. More news on a UK release date – and prices – when we get them.