Is Asus the next Chromebook manufacturer?

There has been some speculation recently that Asus “could” be working on a Chromebook.

Basically we’re referring to an ARM-powered laptop with a 12-inch screen powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and running the Chrome OS, of course. The attached price noted in a couple of write-ups is under $300.

The timeline for release, if the rumor holds true, is this year – meaning within six months.

It would be one heck of an accomplishment to knock this off just before Christmas wouldn’t it? What a marketing bonanza that will create! In theory, there’s not much stopping the tech giant from doing this with Google’s backing.

In May 2011, Jerry Shen, Asustek’s CEO, projected that the firm’s notebook PC shipment for the second quarter will increase 10.7 percent quarter-on-quarter to 3.1 million units. Who could argue with production credentials like that? Add to that existing discussion between Google and Asus during the Computex show in early June.

About Cliff Boodoosingh

Cliff Boodoosingh has been writing on Internet-based technology for more than 10 years. At Dow Jones he covered the money markets, Canadian dollar and daily hot stocks. He authored Regional Analysis sections and competitor profiles for business intelligence reports on the mobile/wireless markets at Marcus Evans. He recently moved from managing digital publications and media coverage for the Technology Division at VerticalScope to oversee content development at Rates.ca, a new personal finance portal.
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