Asus Eee Pad EP101TC will run Android instead of Windows CE
Interesting news from Asus’ Eee Pad guys.
The Eee Pad EP101TC, that was supposed to be running Windows CE, is ditching Microsoft’s operating system in favor of Google’s Android.
The Eee Pad will be on display at CES 2011, and availability will start some time in early Q1 2011.
Features that we know of at this point are a 10-inch touchscreen, a thickness of just 12.2 millimeters and a weight of 675 grams.
It’s also reported that Asus will be supplying carrier partners with preview versions of the device in December, so expect many more details then at the latest.
Needing carrier partners in the first place seems to also indicate that the Eee Pad will feature 3G connectivity and may be subsidized in some markets.
Presumably the version of Android it will be running will be whatever the next release after 2.2 Froyo will be. Whether that will be named Gingerbread or not, whether it will be 3.0 or not, remains to be seen.
Then one of the reasons for the early-2011 launch could be the OS itself – Asus waiting for Google to officially release it first (this is supposed to happen in Q4 this year).
Or perhaps Asus just want to see how well the many tablets that are set to launch in Q4 sell, so they can adjust their production volumes or the tablet’s features accordingly.