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Asus chooses Windows 7 for the Slate

The Asus Eee Slate EP121 is a 12.1-inch-screen tablet that Asus claims is the most powerful tablet available. The EP121 has some impressive specs, but time will tell how close it comes to the company's very optimistic claim.

The Slate runs Windows 7, a detail that fills me with equal parts incredulity and excitement. Asus

It's a curious risk to claim to have made "the most powerful tablet," seeing as how most things done on tablets rarely require much power in the first place.

On Tuesday Asus announced its self-proclaimed most powerful tablet, the Eee Slate EP121. It's unclear as yet how it arrived at this conclusion, but for now we're willing to play along, with a healthy helping of incredulity.

For what it's worth, the Slate definitely sounds powerful with its specs taken into account.

Here's a quick rundown:

  • 12.1-inch IPS display with a 1280x800 resolution on a multitouch screen
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-470UM
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Memory: 64GB SSD; 4GB system memory
  • Connectivity: Wireless-N, HDMI, USB, Bluetooth 3.0, SD card reader
  • Camera: 2.0-megapixel with flash LED
  • Digitizer pen
  • Internal mic and stereo speaker
  • Unit dimensions: 312x207x16.95mm, 2.5 pounds

You don't see too many new tablets running Windows 7 and frankly I'm not certain the OS is the best fit for a device whose biggest selling point is its streamlined nature. We'll have more details after we've gotten a little hands-on time.

The Slate EP121 will be available in the first quarter at a price range of $999 to $1,099.