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Asus chairman rules out new Windows RT tablets

by Doug Drinkwater

July 30 2013

Asus chairman Jonney Shih wants the firm to launch Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets
Asus chairman Jonney Shih wants the firm to launch Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets

Don’t expect to see any new Windows RT tablets coming from Asus in the foreseeable future. Company chairman Jonney Shih today admitted that the ARM-powered version of Windows 8 has not been a success.

In an interview with All Things D, Shih appeared to rule out the possibility of the firm launching new Windows RT tablets by saying that the Taiwanese firm is instead focusing on building fully-fledged Windows 8 models with Intel chips.

“The result is not very promising,” said Shih on Windows RT, which powered Asus’s own VivoTab RT and Microsoft’s Surface RT.

The Asus chairman, who briefly appeared at the unveiling of Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet last week, said that the firm is now evaluating whether to follow local rival Acer in building an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, although his own preference seems to be for a larger model.

“My personal opinion is the 10-inch may make more sense.”

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