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Asus pushes back plans for Windows RT devices

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Asus pushes back plans for Windows RT devices
Asus is a company that is not afraid to take risks and is known to work on weird, sometimes crazy devices. Even Asus, though, with its wide range of devices, does not see any sense into building future Windows RT devices.

Windows RT is the limited Windows 8 version that runs on ARM chips instead of Intel-based ones and does not support legacy Windows applications.

Chairman Jonney Shih said it has pushed back plans for future Asus Windows RT devices after its first VivoTab RT.

“The result is not very promising,” Shih commented on the Surface RT and VivoTab RT tablets.

Instead, Shih has switched focus more fully to Windows 8 running on Intel chips and with unlimited app support.

The Asus chairman also shared his preference for smaller devices. The Surface tablets have 10.6-inch displays, larger than most tablets. “My personal opinion is the 10-inch may make more sense,” Shih said.

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 30 Jul 2013, 08:19 1

1. sinple (Posts: 103; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


considering vivotab atom is cheaper than vivotab RT in Singapore, it really makes no sense to push for RT

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 08:28 3

2. sprockkets (Posts: 1160; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


RT is dead. Win8 is only useful and worthwhile if people can use the outdated, out of control desktop mode, ignoring the touch side of the OS completely.

And nobody cared about vapor MG, free office, the click stand, or anything else about the surface rt.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 09:03 1

3. jove39 (Posts: 1279; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


RIP WinRT...your short life span...won't be missed!

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 09:07 1

4. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


What are you guys pisz and moaning? RT is like the toy ipads and nexus 7s. It shouldn't be dead but renamed. Just bought a vivotab RT and everyone's giving lost hope.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 09:41 1

5. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Agreed. I have a Surface RT and it's great. Would I rather have a Windows 8 tablet? Of course I would. Unfortunately the battery life isn't on par or even reasonable, even when you count the craptastic Atom based tablets. The fatal flaw for Windows RT is that people think it's Windows 8.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 12:56

8. juandante (Posts: 301; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


and why would someone complain about an hardware that they bought expensive ?

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 14:18

9. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Considering that I basically got it for free, your comment is void.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 09:55 2

6. ianbbaa (Posts: 196; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


RT should merge with WinPhone and stay on phones and phablets till 6". With BayTrail Intel CPUs there should be just one WIN8 version...but MSoft should make huge update for the future into WIN8 that way so METRO apps could work together with desktop....

I dont see the point to have 2 OneNotes, 2 SkyDrive apps on 1 device...one for METRO one for desktop...i can not even share a file, pic from desktop via build-in METRO email client

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 10:58

7. ddeath (Posts: 161; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


Surface RT is good, only when it is cheap. Getting one at ~USD209 through Education program method.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 18:48

10. joey_sfb (Posts: 2899; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


No point even if its cheap. Who would develop apps for it?? A cheaper white box android tablet would be more useful now and 2 years from now.

And with 2nd gen nexus 7 pricing i would rather go for that instead of white box android tablet.

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