At the world’s largest IT and telecom trade fair CeBIT 2011 that recently concluded in Germany, Asus CEO Jerry Shen told a Russian tech website that Asus plans to make a 3D tablet, netbooks running Android and MeeGo, and a Windows Phone 7 smartphone.
Highly optimistic about the future of the tablet market, Shen said that Asus is working on a tablet with 3D display, but didn’t reveal whether special 3D glasses would be required to view the content or not. He did rule out incorporating two cameras though that would layer together images for 3D video recording in the tablet. Related: LG G-Slate 3D tablet
Shen also said that soon tablets would come with quad-core processors, capable of supporting full HD and more. He felt that the video quality with dual-core processors is still not up to the mark.
Asus is actively working with Intel to launch an Atom-based netbook that would run MeeGo OS before June 2011. Another Atom-based netbook in the works would be released for the Google Android platform.
Shen said that the company was focusing on improving the battery life of its tablets and netbooks, without adding to the thickness of the device’s shell. Asus laptops today can be left in the standby mode for 2 days before the battery drains out. Shen said that the company is working to increase that figure to 7-9 days. Also see: Top long battery life laptops in India
Another focus area for Asus in its tablet devices is “touch-ergonomics.” Shen said that Asus tablets are superior to Apple iPad in their hardware because they offer the convenience of a physical keyboard and additional battery power, such as with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet.
Asus plans to be the No. 2 in the tablet devices sphere by 2012, with a market share of 5 percent to 8 percent, Shen’s PR aide Mae Wang has been reported to have said.
Coming to smartphones, we reported earlier that Asus had tied up with Garmin for smartphone navigation systems. However, the two companies parted ways and since then and it was unclear whether Asus would use Garmin’s navigation technology. Shen clarified that Asus still could use Garmin’s software but feels that Google Maps is a good alternative. Suggested read: 3D Google Maps 5
The Asus CEO also said that he finds Windows Phone very promising, but this year the company would like to focus only on Android-based smartphones. Related: Nokia embraces Windows Phone OS
Asus is targeting countries with a large consumer base, such as China, and will bring out a Windows Phone based handset in 2012 after the OS has undergone more improvements.