updated 06:35 am EDT, Fri October 29, 2010
Plans for up to six models, ARM and Intel
Asus company president Jerry Shen has detailed a raft of tablets that it plans to begin launching from December this year. The tablets will ship in a range of sizes including, seven-, 10- and 12-inches and should be powered by ARM-based processors or Intel Atom chips depending on the OS. The first to hit the market will be the Intel- and Windows-powered 12-inch EP121 tablet that also included product development input from Microsoft, which added enhancements to touch control and the interface.
ASUS is also now set to launch two seven-inch devices as well as two nine-inch devices in March 2011. One of the seven-inch devices will be Wi-Fi only, and the other equipped with HSPA+ (3.5G) and will also include phone functionality. The two nine-inch models will be differentiated by hardware and software platforms, with one adopting the NVIDIA Tegra 2 ARM-based platform and running Android, while the other will use the Intel and Windows platform. The nine-inch models should be differentiated by price, with a price difference of $100 that will likely make the Windows model more expensive.
ASUS has seen the tablet market booming in 2011 as a result of the iPad and has shifted two hundred technicians assigned to handheld development into the tablet division and, as can be determined by the planned model line-up, is hedging its bets by offering Android and Windows models side-by-side in its range. [via Digitimes]