March 31, 2010 at 1:42 pm
The Apple iPad is set to launch officially later this week, perhaps changing the perception of tablet devices forever more. It’s no surprise that a number of manufacturers will jump onto the tablet bandwagon later this year. One of them is Asus that is set to launch “at least two” tablet devices in the coming months, most likely at Computex in Japan.
“Netbooks are the best combination of personal computing and cloud computing,” said Jonney Shih, chairman of Asus. “But between netbooks and smartphones and e-readers, we think there will be a space for something like a tablet or slate PC.”
Shih confirmed that one of these tablets will run with Google’s software (either Chrome OS or Android), whilst the other will be based on the Windows platform. He went on to say that both will differentiate themselves from Apple’s iPad. “There will be an Apple camp [in tablets], but Asus always tries to address the open camps of Google and Microsoft,” he said.
Whilst little is known on either device, Shih emphasises the multimedia capabilities. “Content will play a very important role on tablets,” said Shih. “The Google tablet will have a lot of media.”