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Asus Preparing Windows and Google Tablets

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Asus is said to be preparing two slate PCs that it will reveal in the next few of months.

Speaking to Forbes on a recent trip to the U.S., Asus chairman, Jonney Shih, said his company is working on at least two tablets that it plans to unveil in the coming months. Similar to the HP's plans for two versions of its Slate, Asus is planning a Windows version of the device, as well as one with Android or Chrome.

Asus is credited for bringing about the netbook revolution with the launch of the Eee PC in October of 2007 but the focus on tablets doesn't mean the company will be abandoning netbooks. Shih says the tablets will be very media-centric, particularly the Google one, and insists there's room for tablets among the crowds of netbooks, smartphones and ereaders.

"Netbooks are the best combination of personal computing and cloud computing," Shih told Forbes. "But between netbooks and smartphones and e-readers, we think there will be a space for something like a tablet or slate PC."

Read the full report on Forbes.

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    kalogagatya , March 31, 2010 6:26 PM
    i have imense respect and expectation when considering asus products!
    Looking foward to see what they'll come up with!
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    kalogagatya , March 31, 2010 6:26 PM
    i have imense respect and expectation when considering asus products!
    Looking foward to see what they'll come up with!
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    lightsaber , March 31, 2010 6:31 PM
    Let the tablet competition begin!!
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    schwiing , March 31, 2010 6:39 PM
    Asus Commercial:

    Tiny Phone! Let me put it in my tiny purse haha! Tiny Tablet!...Tiny everything!
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    Abrahm , March 31, 2010 6:41 PM
    This is the tablet I have the highest hopes for! I think ASUS can deliver a stellar Android tablet. I would be shocked if their tablet came with Chrome instead of Android, as their prototype had the standard 4 Android buttons, and I think Chrome is more fit for netbooks than a tablet.
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    falchard , March 31, 2010 6:43 PM
    I like the gall ASUS has. Personally, I don't find much of a market space for Slates unless they also use a digital pen and have the power behind them to make writing feel more natural. Nothing natural about your pen strokes lagging behind.
    One feature I would definetly like is the ability to connect to your PC and act as a monitor/tablet. I don't like how WACOM has a monopoly in input tablets. They haven't inovised anything about input tablets for 6 years.
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    tsnorquist , March 31, 2010 6:48 PM
    Asus, please fullfill this wish list:

    AMOLED 720p resolution screen with stylus (Pressure sensitive for us artist & photobugs)
    SD/MicroSD reader
    Bluetooth
    Wireless N
    USB 2.0 (3.0 may be too much to ask for now)
    Cameras for pictures and video chat.
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    sliem , March 31, 2010 7:00 PM
    schwiingAsus Commercial:Tiny Phone! Let me put it in my tiny purse haha! Tiny Tablet!...Tiny everything!


    Ha! Family Guy.
    Hey not all tiny stuff is bad...
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    N.Broekhuijsen , March 31, 2010 7:12 PM
    without knowing anything about this upcoming tablet, anything at all, except that it is Asus, i would preorder this over the iPad anyday. THAT is how much trust I have in Asus to make a better product than apple. (although that is not hard.)
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    hemelskonijn , March 31, 2010 7:18 PM
    The title is in my opinion a bit confusing ...

    One runs windows the other runs google ?

    I think it should be something like:

    Asus Preparing Windows and Android/Chrome Tablets.

    or at least to keep things consistent:

    Asus Preparing microsoft and Google Tablets.
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    JohnnyLucky , March 31, 2010 7:31 PM
    Another company getting in on the act. Will the niche market be large enough to support all of them?
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    HalJordan , March 31, 2010 7:39 PM
    tsnorquistAsus, please fullfill this wish list:AMOLED 720p resolution screen with stylus (Pressure sensitive for us artist & photobugs)SD/MicroSD readerBluetoothWireless NUSB 2.0 (3.0 may be too much to ask for now)Cameras for pictures and video chat.


    There is nothing magical, or extravagant about your list...the pressure sensitive screen might jack the price up, but in all it is doable...yet we get the iPad.
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    mados123 , March 31, 2010 7:49 PM
    I really like Asus and their approach to technology. Regarding PC's, they seems to be the most progressive, dare I say, Apple-level of forward thinking. Imagine Sony without the 20%, established brand mark-up.
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    Regulas , March 31, 2010 8:43 PM
    ASUS is not bad but I want to see what Acer will do. As far as motherboards, Gigabyte has my vote any day.
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    gilbertfh , March 31, 2010 10:16 PM
    I too have the utmost respect for ASUS and their products. I am glad to hear they will be coming out with slate products and I will wait to see what they do with tablets before I make a decision about other unmentionalbe products. Just kidding to me Apple and Microsoft are like Ford and Chevy. People tend to have brand loyalty and some people take it to the extreme.

    Oh and how much do you wanna bet it will be branded an eee product?
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    Kelavarus , April 1, 2010 5:01 AM
    tsnorquistAsus, please fullfill this wish list:AMOLED 720p resolution screen with stylus (Pressure sensitive for us artist & photobugs)SD/MicroSD readerBluetoothWireless NUSB 2.0 (3.0 may be too much to ask for now)Cameras for pictures and video chat.


    For me, the problem is, while all that would be nice (well, personally, I would find Bluetooth and the camera useless), it DOES jack the price up, and while I really really want a tablet (yes, there's a market!), I'm not looking for anything that's in the laptop/desktop price range. Something more like $300 is acceptable to me, because I really just want it for something mobile, something to surf internet and draw with, fiddle about with, but nothing serious.
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    Von Death , April 6, 2010 8:51 PM
    Asus should be able to do a good job.