Pickings have been slim for those looking to run Windows software on a tablet without making too many compromises. But things are looking up pretty decidedly with the unveiling of the ASUS Eee Slate EP121. This formidable piece of hardware packs a 12.1-inch capacitive touchscreen at 1280×800 with a 178-degree viewing angle. And behind the glass hides the real selling point, an Intel Core i5 dual-core processor that makes this tablet a serious notebook replacement. It will come with either 32GB or 64GB of SSD storage and the DDR3 RAM can be had at up to 4GB. Add in the 802.11n Wi-Fi, a 2MP camera, a mini-HDMI port, and the ability to work from a Bluetooth keyboard if you wish, and you’ve got a serious piece of gear, though maybe not one you’ll be taking with you everywhere. No word on battery life yet. Still, if you’ve been looking for something to fill that niche between phone and computer in a Windows environment, this definitely is worth your attention.
Update: This is now listed on Amazon for $999.