Asus and Dell completely deny claims of exiting tablet market
The DigiTimes report earlier today made bold claims about certain manufacturers leaving the tablet arena, but at least one company has come out clean on the subject.
According to CNet, Asus and Dell have both confirmed that they have no plans to exit from the tablet market.
“As usual, the rumors and reports from DigiTimes are incorrect,” said an Asus representative to CNet. “Asus is not exiting the Android Tablet business.” Dell also reiterated similar comments, the source claims.
A more likely outcome may be that manufacturers could start being more cautious with tablet shipment numbers. The failed TouchPad, poorly selling PlayBooks and mediocre Xoom have all performed under expectations in the face of the iPad. In fact, certain tablet studies have shown that most consumers interested in owning a tablet look only to the iPad without much of a second thought.
There is still life for tablets outside of Apple, however. The quad-core Tegra 3 and Snapdragon S4 chips are expected to power a number of next-generation of Android tablets, while the advent of Windows 8 may give Windows-based tablets a much needed boost in the market.
Asus is on course for the Transformer Prime release next month, while Dell is reportedly hard at work on a Windows 8 tablet for a 2012 launch.