Asus to Combat iPad with "at Least Two" Tablets

Paul Lilly

Hype is high for Apple's iPad, which will be delivered to homes and on Apple store shelves starting this Saturday, but if Asus is worried, they're putting on a good poker face. So why does Asus appear unfazed?

Probably because Asus is prepping " at least two " tablet PCs of its own, company chairman Jonney Shih revealed to Forbes in an interview. Both models, and maybe more, will see the light of day in the coming months

Maybe Apple is the one who should be nervous. Asus is the same company that played a large role in pushing the netbook frenzy that swept the globe, and as successful as they've been, Asus is now looking at the tablet market.

"Netbooks are the best combination of personal computing and cloud computing," Shih said. "But between netbooks and smartphones and e-readers, we think there will be a space for something like a tablet or slate PC."

Details are obviously sparse on what exactly Asus has planned, but Shih did say they would likely turn to Google's Chrome or Android OS for one, and Microsoft's Windows platform for another.

"There will be an Apple camp [in tablets], but Asus always tries to address the open camps of Google and Microsoft," Shih explained.

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