Asus has been busy unveiling new products over at CES this week.
And the company has been responsible for one of the more exciting slates to have been revealed – although the bad news is it won’t be coming to this country. Not yet, anyway.
The device in question is a new 7 inch tablet which boasts a meaty Tegra 3 quad core processor, yet it weighs in at a budget price level of $249, just £160 in our money (but likely to translate to around £200 or possibly more, of course, should it come out in the UK).
This is pitched as a Kindle Fire rival given the budget 7 inch form factor, except with the far more powerful engine there’ll be no worries about a sluggish interface or browsing experience. The tablet will run Ice Cream Sandwich without breaking a sweat, too.
A well specced budget tablet certainly sounds a tempter, but Asus doesn’t believe it will fly over here just yet.
The marketing manager for Asus in this country, John Swatton, told the Inquirer: “In the UK we don’t see a demand for the 7in tablet at the moment and we will be focusing on releasing a Padfone, which is a smartphone and tablet hybrid. This will be formally announced at Mobile World Congress next month.”
No demand for a cheap, high performance compact tablet? We’re surprised to hear that. The Padfone, incidentally, is a slate with a smartphone nestled in the rear of the device.
Still, Swatton says “at the moment” which indicates a delayed launch, hopefully, rather than the fact that Asus isn’t intending to bring the Tegra 3 device to UK shores.
Meanwhile, we’ll just have to make do with the Transformer Prime which has just launched, although that isn’t a budget proposition.
We’re not sure whether the Padfone is going to be a viable piece of hardware, as opposed to a gimmick.