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Asus says Windows 8 ARM tablet coming; still committed to Android

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Asus says Windows 8 ARM tablet coming; still committed to Android
At a presentation in Taiwan, Asus confirmed that it will be producing a Windows 8 powered ARM tablet that it plans on launching before the end of this year, although there are already rumors surrounding a September release. But Asus is certainly not giving up on Android. Eee Systems chief Samson Hu said that only weeks after the release of the quad-core powered Asus Transformer Prime, the manufacturer wants to get out ahead of the Apple iPad 3 with a new Android tablet. Hu said this device would have a 10 inch screen with "a high screen resolution". It is unknown whether this will be a totally new model or an upgrade of the Transformer Prime. The latest speculation on the third-gen Apple tablet is that it will launch in March followed by an October launch of the Apple iPad 4.

Speaking of the flagship Asus tablet, a 3G version of the Asus Transformer Prime is scheduled to hit the market in March. To combat complaints about the weak GPS signal reception on the Wi-Fi only model, the 3G version of the device is expected to have a more powerful GPS. Additionally, Asus plans on offering two more 10 inch tablets in the second half of 2012, although not much is known about these.

A rendering of the Windows 8 tablet being produced by Asus

A rendering of the Windows 8 tablet being produced by Asus

One 7 inch tablet that Asus is planning on showing off at CES
is the Asus MeMo. To keep things humming on the Android side of things, the company has raised its head count by 100 to 400 employees. To put things in comparison, Asus has just 150 developers and engineers working on the Windows 8 tablet.

Some might question the wisdom of Asus offering a Windows 8 tablet when the manufacturer is doing well with its Android line. The company has managed to outsell Motorola, RIM and others with its tablets based on Google's open source OS. But considering that Asus seems to have the Midas Touch when it comes to tablets, perhaps it can help increase Window's marketshare in the tablet business.

source: NetbookNews via electronista



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posted on 07 Jan 2012, 22:18 1

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


Waiting for a windows tab with 10hr battery backup...am I asking too much

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 00:16

2. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Of course Asus will continue supporting Android. Just like every other manufacturer will do except Motorola and Sony who i doubt won't be supporting Windows 8.
Asus is making great tablets, netbooks whereas many manufacturer are calling netbooks dead.

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 01:34

3. JDCohen722 (Posts: 39; Member since: 18 May 2011)


I CANNOT BELIEVE ASUS IS ALREADY MAKING THE TRANSFORMER PRIME OUTDATED!!!! They said that the Prime wasn't making the original transformer obsolete, it was merely just making the original transformer as the low-end cheaper model and the Prime as the more hardcore high-end model, now was that only meant to last for less than a month!?!?!?! So what the Prime is now the mid-range model?!?! If they were gonna create a successor so quickly (And yes it might only be a higher res screen and thats all) than they should only do it in 6 months!!! Its not like they weren't making money with the Prime (Which is in fact the most preordered android tablet in the world) and that they needed to keep up with the competition! I'M SOOOOO FURIOUS!!!! They literally said that the Prime will be the high end version, so what will the higher resolution version be!?!?!?!

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 06:56

5. sorcio46 (Posts: 395; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


For now just rumors, don't worry

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 08:36

6. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


they are not making it obsolete? just going to bump it down to midrange when ipad3 releases so they can release a new tab to compete with the ipad3.

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 11:16 1

7. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I CAN NOT BELIEVE PEOPLE STILL DONT UNDERSTAND HOW FAST TECH EVOLVES!!!!!!!!!

DUDE..companies generally have their game plan 2-5 years in advance. The transformer 4 is probably already in physical concept form somewhere. Your looking at a rumor of the FUTURE. OF COURSE the future is going to make the present out dated. U should scream if it doesn't. I'm sorry but the worlds first quad core android tablet won't be out dated for quite some time. It may not stay king of the pile for long but that doesn't mean it's out dated.

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 03:28 1

4. Firedrops (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


Just because they announced that they'll release another product half a year later doesn't mean that what they have now are obsolete.

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 11:17 1

8. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


.Its not a Midas touch. Its a great features to quality to price ratio. U get more for less even when compared to other premium android tablets.

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 13:54

9. shifu (Posts: 44; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


wait a min.........ur not calling the Transformer prime a premium tablet wtf? do you own 1? Tech is forever evolving. you should focus on first of its class tech.....like the prime. once they've perfected the quad it'll be perfect time to drop the hexacore. im just upset its a 3g not LTE that's being release.

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