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Asustek Teams Up with Via Technologies for Ultra Low-Cost Media Tablets.
Xbitlabs ^ | [12/12/2012 11:28 PM] | Anton Shilov

Posted on 12/13/2012 8:19:40 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Asus Set to Adopt Via’s ARM Chip for Low-Cost Media Tablet

Asustek Computer has already successfully designed a $199 media tablet together with Google and Nvidia Corp. However, in a bid to sell more tablets in 2013, the company needs even lower price-points. To design media tablets that will cost from $99 to $149, the company has reportedly teamed up with Via Technologies and plans to adopt its chips for such products.

Next year Asustek intends to sell 12 million of media tablets worldwide, according to market sources cited by China Economic News Service. While Google Nexus 7 as well as Asus-branded Transformer tablets should probably help the company to achieve that goal, to guarantee its success on the market of slates and possible sell even more devices, the company has teamed up with Via Technologies, who has the vast experience in development of low-cost solutions.

Together with Via Technologies, Asus plans to develop low-cost 7” slate for sale exclusively in China. The media tablet will adopt a Via system-on-chip with ARM Cortex-A9 general-purpose processing core and will be retailed for $99 - $149 starting in the Lunar New Year season in China in 2013. Wistron Corp., a contract maker of electronics, will be manufacturing the devices starting this month. Initial shipment will reach 2-3 million units, according to CENS.

Based on global sales of Nexus 7 to reach 7 - 8 million units in 2013, market observers indicated that Asustek will have to ship 4 million units more of other models by itself to achieve the said shipment goal. Therefore, adding a low-cost model or two absolutely makes sense for the company.

Asus and Via Technologies did not comment on the news-story.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: hitech

1 posted on 12/13/2012 8:19:41 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Low-Cost Media Tablet

Only two cents a pill, the media member takes it, and it brings swift, painless death in 30 seconds.


2 posted on 12/13/2012 8:41:19 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’ll be looking to buy a Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 after the holidays for myself...
right click < >


3 posted on 12/13/2012 9:04:53 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: ├čudda├čudd
I’ll be looking to buy a Asus Transformer Pad

OhhhhI've been looking...and drooling. I wish I could afford one of those bad boyz. The ultimate eBook. I have thousands of titles and that unbit will run every eBook reader there is. Someday.

4 posted on 12/13/2012 7:27:15 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I’ll let you know how it is when I get it...


5 posted on 12/14/2012 6:31:35 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: ├čudda├čudd

“in China in 2013. Wistron Corp., a contract maker of electronics, will be manufacturing the devices starting this month”

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Does anyone else start to wonder why we lost the last election?


6 posted on 12/14/2012 6:34:24 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Made in China,,, so what.
What are you implying?
What is you American alternaitve product?


7 posted on 12/14/2012 6:44:26 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Made in China,,, so what.
What are you implying?
What is your American alternaitve product?


8 posted on 12/14/2012 6:44:37 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: ├čudda├čudd
Cool beans. I have used one though. A co-worker had one but sold it in favor of an iPad.

The battery life, the touch screen and the fact that all possible eBook readers will work on the OS has me sold. My wife (The Secretary of the Exchequer)...not so much.

9 posted on 12/14/2012 7:37:54 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I have enough Apple products and feel the need to diversify.
Cheers!


10 posted on 12/14/2012 9:10:00 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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