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.)