The Asus Eee Pad Slider tablet was announced back in January alongside the Eee Pad Transformer, and the Eee Pad MeMo. And while the Transformer has been available for a while, the other two Asus-branded Android-powered tablets still haven’t hit the streets.
For a while, it seemed like the Slider would be released in the UK in August, since Asus itself said so. However, it soon backtracked, and the UK availability of the Eee Pad Slider is now pegged for ‘this Autumn’ – nothing more specific yet.
We may have assumed that a delay in the UK means a delay in the whole of Europe, but apparently that’s not the case. According to Polish site Androidal, Asus Poland has announced on Facebook that the Eee Pad Slider would become available over there in August. Prices have been released too. The 16 GB model will cost 1899 PLN (that’s €477, $669, and £420 respectively at today’s exchange rates), while the version with 32 GB of integrated storage will go for 2299 PLN (which today amounts to €577, $810, and £509).
If you’re in Poland, you’ll be able to pick up an Eee Pad Slider at Balta, Delkom, Eco PC, eMobline, Inwazja PC, Sferis, and Reset.
This story seems similar to that of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Android-powered smartphone, that, while delayed in most of Europe, was nevertheless available in Romania. Perhaps manufacturers are performing a few tests like these to see how it’s like to launch new gadgets in Central and Eastern Europe first.
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