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ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC
ASUS and Google Android are making sweet, sweet tablet love

In with the new, and out with the old, ASUS says.  The company is ditching Windows in at least one of its upcoming EeePC tablets and switching to the increasingly attractive Android OS from Google.

ASUS is preparing two tablets for launch -- a 10" display, 675g (1.5 lb) chassis model and a larger 12.1" display variant.  Both devices were demoed at Computex 2010.

The larger tablet used a full install of Windows 7 Home Premium -- that much remains unchanged, as of now.  The smaller tablet, though, was first shown off with a Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system, which now appears to have been ditched in favor of Android.

The 10" Eee Pad 101TC is reportedly currently running Android 2.2 "Froyo", but will ship with "Gingerbread", also known as Android 3.0.  Android 3.0 is expected to land during the holiday season.  ASUS may even opt to wait till CES 2011 to announced the final production plans, according to some rumors.

For ASUS the upcoming tablet series is critical.  The company, which launched the netbook craze, has seen the torch stolen by Apple, as the market cools to netbooks and heats up to tablets.  Apple itself has been vocal in predicting the demise of the netbook movement.  However, if ASUS can craft a more functional, cheaper alternative to the iPad, it could well return to glory.

ASUS is not the only key player opting with Android over Windows -- Dell also is using Android for its tablets.  Meanwhile HP's tablets are expected to run on webOS from its recent acquisition Palm.  That means that the 12.1" Eee Pad EP121 may be an endangered species -- the only high-profile upcoming Windows tablet from a major manufacturer.  Despite that, Microsoft insists that it hasn't given up on tablets.



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RE: Bummer.
By noirsoft on 7/20/2010 3:02:45 PM , Rating: 2
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Why? You don't exactly know what all it has to offer vs Windows yet.


What I want from a tablet is what I want from a laptop. Running the exact same applications as my desktop with 100% guaranteed file compatibility in those apps (hence the need to run the same apps)

And not just me. That's what people want. You can sing the joy of crippled "apps" all you want, but once all the pieces come together to run a full desktop OS on a tablet (this includes a proper touch paradigm and good battery life) none of the "lite" OS tablets (Android, iPad) wil be worth anything more than the original Linux-based netbooks (i.e. nothing).

I personally feel that Win7 and a decent dual-core atom+ion level of tech gets it close enough for me. Others will disagree, certainly, but we are very close.


RE: Bummer.
By Quadrillity on 7/20/2010 4:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
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once all the pieces come together to run a full desktop OS on a tablet (this includes a proper touch paradigm and good battery life) none of the "lite" OS tablets (Android, iPad) wil be worth anything more than the original Linux-based netbooks (i.e. nothing).

I can agree with that. But for the time being, we have these lite operating systems because the processing to battery life ratio is very bleak.

It may be 10 years before an advancement in code and hardware will allow us to literally carry high performance PC in our pocket.

I agree with you though, the lite OS's just don't cut it with some things, but for now they do have a very important place in the market.


RE: Bummer.
By Reclaimer77 on 7/20/2010 4:32:18 PM , Rating: 2
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What I want from a tablet is what I want from a laptop. Running the exact same applications as my desktop with 100% guaranteed file compatibility in those apps (hence the need to run the same apps)


EXACTLY!

Hey Asus, just because Apple can get away with selling a "tablet" that's a glorified cellphone without the phone part, doesn't mean you can throw a phone OS in a tablet and have a hit.

This is a bad move. This tablet will fail.


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