The Asus Eee Pad will follow the HP Slate in ditching Windows 7, according to a new report. But while the Slate will run webOS, the Asus Eee Pad is turning to Google and will come packing Android 3.0 Gingerbread when it appears next year. The Asus slate was shown at Computex in May but it seems the Taiwanese tablet maker has had a rather radical rethink…

Those lovers of Lilliputian laptops at German website, Netbook News, report that Asus has decided to throw  Windows Embedded Compact 7 (the new name for Windows CE) off the Asus Eee Pad EP101TC. The 10in slate was one of two Eee Pad models shown at Computex.

Asus said at Computex that it wouldn’t ship the Asus Eee Pad EP101TC or the 12in Eee Pad EP121 (which was due to arrive with full fat Windows 7) until 2011 so the switch in operating systems shouldn’t be too troublesome.

The new report says Asus will wait for Android 3.0 Gingerbread to drop before it reveals the refreshed Eee Pad models. It will show the new range at CES in January but is apparently due to show the 3G-enabled Eee Pad range to mobile networks in December so we can doubt expect some juicy leaks then.

The Dell Streak has already shown how appealing an Android tablet can be (alright, we know it had one foot in the phone camp too) but is Asus right to ditch Windows 7 for Android? Are you irked that it’ll be restricted to Android apps now or happy that it’s gone full tilt for a more touch-friendly OS?

Out 2011 | £TBC | Asus (via Netbook News)

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