Asus Making a $200 Android or Chrome Netbook

Asus is a pioneer of the low-cost, small notebook made for internet consumption. That was the original concept behind the Linux-based Eee PC, but soon that grew into something bigger when Windows XP invaded and owned the segment.

Now Google has something that could be a very good alternative to Linux in the form of Chrome OS. We put Google's own Cr-48 through its paces and we came away impressed with computing from the cloud.

Reports from Taiwan now point to Asus as working on a low-cost netbook that could float around the $200 to $250 range that will run a Google OS. Interestingly, the report says that it could be either Android 3.0 or Chrome OS.

The Chrome OS would make more sense for a notebook form factor, but with the growth expected for Android tablets this year, having a netbook with a full hardware keyboard running Honeycomb could be interesting.

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  • joytech22
    The Android netbook would need 2 things, a touch screen (Capacitive not resistive) and the Android market.

    I have a Toshiba AC100 (Tegra 2) with Android 2.2 on it and it's only real use is for web browsing, App's are almost out of the question since most games/apps rely on multi-touch (well most of the ones I use anyway) and all the other app stores are horrible.
  • sudeshc
    I too feel like android netbook are not right at the time too many if and buts. Need a proper os to do day to day basic tasks at least with my netbook. even webOS has more scope than android in netbooks.
  • cyberjawn
    really, guess you haven't messed with the Android much? I have 2 Android devices running 2.1 or higher and I love them, I can do anything with them except Play WoW lol.