Asus Slate (tablet) Lineup Looks Good: Eee Pad Most Interesting. Windows 7 Eee Slate Competing With MacBook Air?

TabletPCReview provides a summary of Asus’ four upcoming slates (aka tablets).

Asus Eee Pads Revealed: Slider, Transformer, Slate, and MeMO

1. Eee Slate EP121 with a 12.1-inch display is overly large in my opinion. And, priced at $999 to $1099, it is competing squarely with the megahit Apple MacBook Air. I predict this Windows 7 powered tablet will be popular in vertical markets but will not be a hit consumer product.

2. Eee Pad Slider is dual-core netbook with a 10.1-inch multi-touch screen and a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard. It will run Android OS 3.0 and has 3G as an option to tie it to a carrier. If this is available as a WiFi-only device with no carrier ties, it will get serious consideration for purchase from me. $499 to $799

3. Eee Pad Transformer is another Android powered dual-core netbook with a 10.1-inch touch screen display. Its keyboard is part of a detachable docking station. $399 to $699

4. Eee Pad MeMO is a Android powered tablet with a 7-inch touch screen display that can apparently also make voice calls (something the U.S. versions of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab cannot do). $499 to $699