Asus Eee Slate on the way to Australia: an iPad competitor with a Core i5 and Windows 7

Fancy a tablet with a notebook processor, a bigger screen, and a higher price tag? You might just get it, with Asus set to release the Eee Slate next month.

The first entry from Asus in the tablet market, the Eee Slate EP121 is more than just a simple portable machine. In fact, the EP121 has more in common with a mid-range laptop than any other currently available tablet.

Asus is using an Intel Core i5 dual-core processor (similar to what’s found in the new MacBook Pro 13), 4GB of memory, a 64GB solid state drive, mini HDMI, SD slot, WiFi, support for Bluetooth 3.0, and Windows 7 Home Premium.

More than just a laptop, the Eee Slate EP121 runs all of this under a 12 inch screen that can take advantage of multitouch technology with fingers or – for more precise control – Wacom’s digitiser pen technology. There’s even some resistance to scratches and glass breakages, thanks to the use of Gorilla Glass in the design.

Strangely, there’s no 3G SIM slot here, something we’re a little surprised at.

You can check the full specs on the next page, but Asus will be releasing the Eee Slate EP121 on April 15 with a $1499 RRP, a price that while higher than that of any other slate currently available, does offer a lot of technology under the hood.