Asus MID plans revealed

Posted on Monday, Apr 07 2008 @ 02:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Asus shared some details about its Mobile Internet Device plans, the firm is planning to release a 5.6" R50 MID before June. This device will be manufactured by Pegatron Technology and will run both Linux and Windows Vista.
The R50 will be priced above US$500 and the company expects to launch an updated version in November, which will have a keyboard.

With Intel expecting MIDs to target final ASPs at around US$500, Chen pointed out that if Intel can actually bring down costs, the MID market in 2008 will definitely see a surge. Meanwhile business opportunities should start jumping in 2009 when second-generation devices show up. The market will take off within three years, according to Asustek estimates.
Asus also said the sub-prime mortage crisis will have a negative impact on its notebook shipments in Q2 2008 but they believe shipments will recover in the third quarter due to back-to-school demand.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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