Asus pushes back plans for Windows RT devices

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



1. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

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

2. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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 Win8 is only useful and worthwhile if people can use the outdated, out of control desktop mode, ignoring the touch side of the OS completely.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.

3. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

4. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

5. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

8. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

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

9. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

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

6. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 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 for METRO one for desktop...i can not even share a file, pic from desktop via build-in METRO email client

7. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

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

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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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