Plans to release two tablets in the coming months.
Asus chairman Johnny Shih has confirmed that the company is planning to release two tablets in the coming months; one will be based on the Windows OS platform and the other on Google Chrome OS.
Speaking to Forbes, Shih told that the company previously only had plans to release one tablet, which it announced on the same day the Apple iPad was unveiled. However, iPad’s announcement pretty much overshadowed everything else, and with strong interest in their rival’s products, Asus chose to expand their breadth of their tablet manufacturing to make a greater impact. The company is not yet set to use Google’s browser-based Chrome OS, which is coming out later this year, and will choose to use the Android operating system if things don’t work out with the Chrome OS.
Even with an affordable range of laptops and netbooks, Shih still believes there is room for tablet PCs.
“Netbooks are the best combination of personal computing and cloud computing,” Shih said. “But between netbooks and smartphones and e-readers, we think there will be a space for something like a tablet or slate PC.”
Shih also acknowledged that content will play a large role in selling a device such as a tablet PC, as aptly demonstrated by Apple with its Appstore, and said that Asus will be ready with a lot of media for the tablets.
“Content will play a very important role on tablets,” Shih said. “The Google tablet will have a lot of media.”