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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 Reclaimer77 on 7/20/2010 4:20:42 PM , Rating: 0
They ARE NOT intended to be database managing, photoshoping, and game design workhorses.

Oh right, I forgot. All we use Windows for on a daily basis is "workhorse" stuff. Man I just played an MP3 with Winamp, that was some heavy duty stuff!! I might fire up VLC Player in a bit and watch some digital media, I hope my PC doesn't melt down from all the work!!!! Oh you know what would be cool? I could install my copy of PC Anywhere to my tablet and remote contr - OH THAT'S RIGHT - Android doesn't run ANY of those things!!

I love it, you ask a question and like 6 people tell you why they would prefer Windows tablets. But we're all still wrong.

And the fact that you actually believe there will be a way to install Windows on a locked down tablet is SO telling of your ignorance on these issues.

RE: Bummer.
By Quadrillity on 7/20/2010 4:29:16 PM , Rating: 3
You are a very angry and spastic individual lol, get a grip.

I'm about 99% positive that Android can do all the things you just mentioned in some way or another.

But we're all still wrong.

Quote me on where I said that, Please.

And the fact that you actually believe there will be a way to install Windows on a locked down tablet is SO telling of your ignorance on these issues.

RTFA. I'm sure the two tables are almost identical, and one has already been swapped out from Windows to Android.

You really need a few lessons in proper etiquette.

RE: Bummer.
By Reclaimer77 on 7/20/2010 5:00:45 PM , Rating: 2
No No No. Of course it can do those things, that's not my point. It needs to run specific apps, or I'm not interested. Tablets aren't necessary. Nobody "needs" one. So I'm perfectly content to wait until a real winner Windows based tablet comes along. That runs all the software I know and love and is 100% compatible with my laptop and PC.

Quote me on where I said that, Please.

By arguing with me you ARE saying that. And trying to claim that all we need Windows for is "workhorse" related activities was a deliberate attempt to enforce that opinion. That we don't really "need" Windows on a tablet. Well you know what? It's not up to you what we need a tablet to run, that's our business.

And you know, some idiot who seriously argued Creationism shouldn't be telling others to "get a grip" about ANYTHING.

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