Asus EP90 Eee Pad tablet to sport 3G, HDMI and Windows Embedded Compact 7
Sounds like the best of several worlds - a desktop OS on a tablet that can make phone calls, but we remain a bit skeptical until we see how Asus and Microsoft have implemented Windows Embedded Compact 7 on the Eee Pad. Windows 7 doesn't run on ARM-based chipset, such as Tegra 2, and the Embedded edition, while touch-optimized and able to enter the ARM race, may not be compatible with all Windows 7 programs.
On the other hand, Microsoft recently signed a licensing agreement with ARM Holdings, so those Windows-based tablets might surprise us. We'll see, it might not take over the iPad, or the smorgasbord of Android tablets, but the Asus Eee Pad could certainly have its moments accessing the corporate networks. We are embedding a few months old video of a 10" Tegra 2-based prototype by Asus, that demonstrates how Windows Embedded Compact 7 behaves on a tablet. Well, at least we are positive it will support Adobe Flash 10.1, unlike some others we know.
1. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
Wow, looks amazingly sleek~ Asus has done it again!
The screen is glossy and shiny, but it will suck in sunlight for sure (but what other devices don't?)
10", Tegra 2... enough said :)
3. clint (unregistered)
"and able to enter the ARM race, MAY NOT be compatible with all Windows 7 programs"
The applications WILL NOT be compatible with Windows 7. Windows Embedded Compact (formerly known as Windows CE) is a different beast entirely especially since it is running on ARM processors which are not compatible with x86 processors. You would be more likely getting an iPhone app running on it than a Windows 7 application, at least it uses the ARM chipset as well.
Though if it comes in under $500 (which is very possible as it is nothing like the HP slate), I am definately getting one. It would make an awesome car pc.