Asus set to launch slew of tablets by next year

Two each of 7-inch and 9-inch tablets are slated to be launched by early next year

News has been doing the rounds for a long time that Asus is working on a variety of tablets from quite some time now. Although now, we have unconfirmed reports that Asus is, in fact, building a number of tablets.

If the reports are to be believed, the company has under development a slew of tablets with display sizes ranging from 7 to 12 inches. The devices will probably be powered by ARM-based as well as x86 CPUs and will run Google Android or Windows Embedded 7 for ones coming with ARM processors and Windows 7 or some lower version for the ones powered by the x86 processors. 

The company has on the cards two 7-inch models, both of which will be powered by ARM-based chips. While one will be equipped with WiFi, the other model will be 3G-enabled and will also be capable of making phone calls. Also in works are a minimum of two 9-inch models. Supposedly, one will be powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip and will come shipped with Google Android. The other one might come with an Intel x86 chip under the hood while running Windows.

Although no pricing details are known of any of the models, reports suggest that the 9-inch Android-based model will cost $100 more than the Windows-based one. In addition, the two 7-inch models might see a March, 2011 launch. However, we are still awaiting an official announcement regarding these abovementioned models, while the 10 and 12-inch tablets have already been showcased by Asus.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-11- 5 (Update: 2012-05-26)