During an investors conference last month,
president Jerry Shen had said that if Microsoft launched its Surface tablet at the then much-rumored $199 price point, it would effectively
jeopardize the survival of the Taiwanese PC vendor’s own Windows 8-based tablets
. Now, a new report suggests Asus may have found a rather ingenious way of preventing Microsoft from doing so.
ZDNet claims to have gotten its hands on a
leaked roadmap document
(below) that shows the tablets Asustek has lined up for the holidays. But the most interesting thing contained in this allegedly leaked document is the pricing of these tablets, which, if true, suggests that the Taiwanese company has decided if anyone is going to threaten Windows 8 tablets out of contention, it is going to be Asus itself.
The slide published by ZDNet lists three tablets: the Tegra 3-powered Vivo Tab RT, the Intel Atom Z2760-based Vivo Tab, and the dual-screen Taichi. If the document is genuine, the 10.1-inch Vivo Tab RT and the 11.6-inch Vivo Tab will start at $599 and $799 respectively. As for the Taichi, it could end up costing as much as $1,299.
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