Along with Microsoft, Asus was one of the first companies to introduce a Windows RT tablet last year. While Microsoft is soldiering on with its freshly discounted Surface RT, Asus is less enthusiastic about continuing to back the platform.
In fact, in an interview with AllThingsD, Asus Chairman Jonney Shih said of Windows RT's success so far, "The result is not very promising." He went on to suggest that Asus' days with the platform could be numbered:
While not completely ruling out future Windows RT products, Shih said that, when it comes to Windows, he is putting all of his time and energy into devices that use Intel chips.
Asus' VivoTab RT tablet is still available right now. You can find it for $348.27 at Amazon or, less tantalizingly, $599.99 at Newegg. The device doesn't seem to be in short supply, but Shih's statement suggests we may not see a second-generation replacement by the time Windows 8.1 and its RT counterpart come out.
Meanwhile, Asus' Intel-powered VivoTab Smart is down to $399 at both Amazon and Newegg. That device runs the full-fledged version of Windows 8, and as we found in our review, it's surprisingly capable and speedy despite the low price. It seems likely that we'll see a successor based on Windows 8.1 and Intel's next-gen Silvermont Atom chips later this year. (Thanks to Slashdot for the link.)
|1. Ryszard - $603||2. Hdfisise - $600||3. Andrew Lauritzen - $502|
|4. Redocbew - $350||5. the - $306||6. SomeOtherGeek - $300|
|7. chasp_0 - $251||8. Ryu Connor - $250||9. mbutrovich - $250|
|10. YetAnotherGeek2 - $200|
|In the lab: FLIR's One thermal camera||40|
|Black Friday deals: Dell's U3415 curved monitor for $650 and more||31|
|Abu Dhabi government fund may be shopping GlobalFoundries||63|
|Asus goes for the gold with its 20th Anniversary GTX 980 Ti||8|
|MSI's Eco motherboards let owners fine-tune power consumption||10|
|Gigabyte's Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard reviewed||18|
|Star Wars Battlefront video review||40|
|Club 3D active adapters convert DisplayPort 1.2 to HDMI 2.0||23|
|Phanteks' Power Splitter lets two systems run on one PSU||45|
|This is the answer to SSK's question on the Firefox news post.||+35|