Report: 10” Eee Pad to ship with Android, not Windows

Here’s an interesting development, if true. The Netbook News folks say they got to hang out with the Eee Pad team at Asus’ HQ, and they were told Asus has dropped Windows Embedded Compact 7 like a bad habit. Despite what we saw and heard at Computex, the Eee Pad EP101TC will reportedly ship with Google’s Android software, not the Windows CE successor.

The 10" Eee Pad running Windows Embedded Compact 7. Source: TR.

We’re awaiting confirmation from Asus ourselves. Here’s the thing, though: the Eee Pad EP101TC looks like Asus’ most direct iPad competitor, with its Nvidia Tegra system-on-a-chip, 1.5-pound weight, and $399-449 price tag. The 12" Eee Pad, which runs Windows 7 Home Premium, will be an entirely different class of product—it’s more of a slimmed down consumer ultraportable, and it will cost more.

If today’s story is accurate, then Microsoft might have lost another key design win in the burgeoning tablet market. We don’t need to remind you that HP now plans to put webOS front and center on its upcoming slate, which might be called the Palmpad. Too bad Netbook News doesn’t get into Asus’ rationale for the purported software switch. The Eee Pad EP101TC reportedly is still scheduled for release in the first quarter of next year, though.

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    • Kharnellius
    • 12 years ago

    But if they release the product and there isn’t any software available for it, no one is going to buy it. Idle products on the shelf is a big lose,lose. I think that was one of the biggest problems with the PS3. It came out and there were barely any games. It was almost a year later before barely anyone actually considered it a viable option (besides cost) and if I recall Sony lost their pants because of it.

    • Pax-UX
    • 12 years ago

    LoL! Couldn’t believe how bad this is! I can see you Mr CameraMan! XD

    • odizzido
    • 12 years ago

    No kidding I can hardly see the screen.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 12 years ago

    I’m curious… What is taking them so long? What is the hold up? They have them all spec’ed out and they still won’t come out til next year?! Whatever.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 12 years ago

    Yeah that thing could kill Medusa.

    • glynor
    • 12 years ago

    Agreed. When that device was first announced with the weird Windows CE OS, I completely lost all interest.

    Now, I’m interested again.

    Of course, if they release it in Feb 2011 with 7 month old FroYo, with Gingerbread out or just around the corner, that will also be fairly devastating.

    • glynor
    • 12 years ago

    No one really knows. Windows Embedded Compact 7 is the next version of Windows CE. That is DIFFERENT from Windows Mobile, and DIFFERENT from Windows Phone 7. That is, at least as anyone can figure out, since Microsoft isn’t talking about it much. At the recent show in Taipei, they did say it was “based on Windows CE”. It looks like a new build of CE with a pretty UI layer stapled on top.

    §[<http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/products/windowsce/compact7.mspx<]§ One would hope that it would be a tablet-specific build of the same OS that will run on the Windows Phone 7, but this doesn't actually look likely. Why do both of them exist? Because Microsoft's product strategies are a mess. Why did Kin exist (for a few days anyway) when Windows Phone 7 is coming out shortly? Why do both Windows Live Sync and Live Mesh exist?

    • UberGerbil
    • 12 years ago

    A while ago I was thinking we need a standard “glossy fail” image to link to whenever the topic comes up (like the Captain Obvious and Troll Fail etc ones).

    I think we just found it.

    • 5150
    • 12 years ago

    Holy crap no kidding! First thing I noticed.

    • tay
    • 12 years ago

    Coincidentally Windows Mobile and Windows Compact Edition were at version 6.1 etc recently in the form of WinCE. They are now at 7 to get some of the Win7 positive publicity as well.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 12 years ago

    A $400 mirror. Way to go, Asus, stick it to the man! Down with MS and Apple, up with the gloss!

    • xtalentx
    • 12 years ago

    THE GLARE! Please stop the glare!

    • wira020
    • 12 years ago

    ..and why does it have to be 7??

    • dpaus
    • 12 years ago

    Thanks for the clarification. OK, so what’s the difference between ‘Windows Embedded Compact 7’ and Windows Mobile, and why do both of them exist?

    • Skrying
    • 12 years ago

    Is it though? Delays for OSes seem ridiculous to me. The hardware would be the difficult part. What is Asus going to do with software on Android? I for one hope they would do absolutely nothing because Asus is not a software company. It’s like Dell doing a custom skin for the Streak… it’s simply a bad idea and has caused that particular device to launch with a very outdated version of Android and made updates come slower.

    So the last bit… write drivers and tweak power profiles… yeah I don’t see how in the world that could demand any length of time. This hardware it’s going to be used has been in numerous devices already.

    • Skrying
    • 12 years ago

    This wasn’t going to use Windows 7. It was going to use Windows Embedded Compact 7, which is basically updated Windows CE with a spiffy looking UI.

    • dpaus
    • 12 years ago

    It’s interesting (or perhaps indicative) that design wins are going to Android and WebOS, which are mobile operating systems at heart, and Microsoft is still trying to push Windows desktop – and losing. I wonder if they even tried to push Windows Mobile?

    • Corrado
    • 12 years ago

    Seems pretty late in the game to be switching stuff… again. Lets hope it sticks.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 12 years ago

    That news just made my day. Windows doesn’t have their act together yet. Maybe their next OS release will have a well intergrated mobile component. I want this device quite badly now. I really like android!

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