Asustek has announced plans to build on the success of its affordable Eee PC netbook line up by launching a low-cost Eee smartphone.
Asus Chairman Johnny Shih said his company is looking to build a pocket sized device that works likes a PDA, navigates using GPS, and plays MP3s and mobile TV.
The phone’s launch is part of the company’s revised strategy to focus on developing affordable quality products for consumers looking to save money during the global recession, Shih said.
Shih also confessed that Asus is looking into using Google’s Android platform - both on the Eee PC and the Eee Phone.
He added that Asus doesn’t see the iPhone as a competitor, but as a model for future success.
The Eee Phone is scheduled for launch in March.