Asus will begin launching tablets this December, each sporting a seven-inch, 10-inch, or 12-inch display, according to Asus chief Jerry Shen. The news comes just months after Shen announced Eee Pad pricing and launch details in a conference call with reporters.
In fact, Eee Pad news has shifted so often since Asus first unveiled the devices at Computex, it’s nearly impossible to determine the company’s true tablet intentions. Maybe Shen really means it this time.
First up, Asus will launch a 12-inch Windows tablet PC powered via an Intel processor in December and start selling the device in January 2011. Asus is said to have worked with Microsoft to make the UI and OS more tablet friendly.
Windows and Intel will also be featured on a nine-inch tablet, which Asus hopes to launch in March.
Asus also has plans for two additional seven-inch tablets, one featuring Wi-Fi and other with what the DigiTimes calls “3.5G” and phone functions. No word on the operating system, though Android is probably a safe bet.
Finally, Asus will also launch a nine-inch ARM-based Nvidia Tegra-2 Android tablet. These three seven- and nine-inch tablets will launch in March.
Shen offered no pricing details, only stating that the two nine-inch tablets will have an approximate $100 price gap.