Asus Working on Android Tablet


Asus trotted out two tablet prototypes at Computex 2010 in May. One of them featured Windows 7 and the other ran Windows Embedded Compact 7. A couple of months later there were rumors of Asus replacing Windows Embedded Compact 7 with Android. But as it turns out, the company probably never had any plans of replacing Microsoft's OS for ARM-based mobile and embedded devices.

The Taiwanese company actually has a third tablet in the works. According to Asustek Computer's CEO Jerry Shen, Asustek will launch its first Android tablet in March - just after the launch of its Windows-based tablets. Shen spilled more beans while talking to reporters after his company's second quarter earnings call.

The Android tablet will be Asustek's cheapest (if things don't change in the intervening period) as it will cost less than $399. The first tablet to gallop out of the Asus stable, the Windows 7-based Eee Pad EP121, will be priced somewhere around $1,000. It is set to make its debut in December or January. A second tablet will follow in January. Powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 SoC (System-on-Chip), the Windows Embedded Compact 7-based EP101TC will cost between $399 and $499.

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