Asus has big plans for 2014, with new smartphones, Chromebooks, wearable devices, and possibly a new Nexus tablet in the works.
Company executives revealed that Asus is going to double down on its smartphone business, which has yet to turn a profit. While Asus’ tablets have been doing relatively well in the market, helped by the cachet of the Nexus 7, its smartphones, including the tablet-hybrid PadFone, are lagging. In a move that signals international ambitions, the Taiwanese manufacturer will show off new smartphones at CES 2014, in January.
To offset stalled PC sales, Asus is targeting the education sector with two Chromebooks due in Q1 2014, an 11.6-inch model tentatively priced at $200 and a 13.3-inch model going for $249. Previous rumors claimed Asus would release its first Chromebooks by the end of 2013, but the Taiwanese has only released a Chromebox desktop so far.
Asus also set its sight on the budding wearable devices market. CEO Jerry Shen revealed that Asus wants to showcase a first set of wearables at the Taipei Computex show, in early summer. Shen didn’t provide any more details, but we can speculate that Asus may be working on a smartwatch and possibly a Glass-like head mounted computer.
Finally, despite rumors to the contrary, Asus may still be manufacturing the 2014 Nexus 7 tablet. The first two generations boosted Asus’ brand image and bottom line, and securing a third partnership with Google would be a real coup. The two companies are “still in talks” about the Nexus 7 (2014), the exec said, so a surprise is still possible. Asus may be facing competition from LG, who just got back in the tablet game with the well-reviewed G Pad 8.3.
Who would you like to manufacture the third-gen Nexus 7?
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Lg will make the next 8 incher nexus tablet
8 inch is such a good form factor.
I thought that was proven fake
What fool would ever let proof get in the way of DREAMS?
me very really sory sir!
Just kidding Sony might be great!
I think Oppo should do it
Think it would be good for Apple or Nokia to do it ! I know I detest apples prices !
I’m sick of all the Nexus 7 and 8inch talk. Where is the fabled new Nexus 10? It feels like the unicorn or bigfoot of nexus devices.
Newest rumor (that hit yesterday with pics) has LG making it and it being released on the 22nd. Of course – like always, take it with a cube of salt.
Well i hope so, but im not holding my breath. There were a bunch of rumors that said it would come out at the same time as Nexus 5 and Kitkat, but that proved false.
…..and since then a rumor every day! lol (okay, not really laughing at all…. just want the #### tablet!!!!)
Asus keep the fire burning.
LG may be bigger…but ASUS is the company that generally makes better products IMHO.
After dealing with all of their products in the PC sector for years, I disagree. Their customer service is awful as well.
I’ve been generally very satisfied with two of my past laptops, which were both ASUS-branded. They were high-end, had excellent specifications and were a dream to use. However, I personally think PadFone was just ridiculous, and I wouldn’t even want it if I got paid for it. I think they need to move their strategy to still be relevant to consumers as laptops are quickly fading away.
i’d like an asus padfone subsidized on ATT please. but of course it needs removable storage, 5″ screen, and removable battery, thanks!
I wish ASUS would stop using Intel chips in their mobile device. . . especially ones that lag and are easily outperformed by a cheap ARM SoC…
Am I the only one that wants to see more from Motorola? I mean, let’s think about this. First of all: ‘Murica. Secondly, I for one am not opposed to ‘vertical’ monopolies, and would love to see more integration between the different layers of production…and not to mention the computing platforms. Google has its OWN hardware division now…even if it doesn’t yet encompass ‘all’ stages of development. With companies like Intel offering to fabricate for ARM, Nvidia, Qualcomm (!), that opens up doors to keeping more and more of the processes…here. In ‘Murica. GlobalFoundries (also murica) is going to make Apple chips. Why does that matter? Theoretically, I suppose it could increase their market-share enough to make them more able to compete with TSMC, and draw in even more of the fabrication business, and put pressure on Intel. That may be my happy little imaginary world, where the only outside ‘dependency’ is on ARM (UK) to design core architectures…(come on Intel/AMD…get with it) but I can dream. Because ‘Murica. That is all. I hope it was coherent.
asus should keep it going but since im such a samsung whore i would be ok with them too..
7 inch tablets are the best for one hand.
8 inch is to wide…
I’d like Samsung to do it. a 7″ 1080p Youm/AMOLED with Snapdragon 800 8974AC and USB3 OTG. Then I’d buy my first tablet.