Asus has made big splash with its Eee PC line of inexpensive subnotebooks and desktops, and now is developing a smartphone for this line.
Both Acer and Asus experienced strong sales of their subnotebooks at the end of 2008, and are increasing their predicted sales volumes for 2009.
Asus has unveiled a business-oriented Windows Mobile smartphone that it claims is the fastest in the world. This device also sports a touch-driven user interface for its VGA display.
Asus is reportedly going to release a smartphone running Google's new mobile operating system some time next year.
Asus has announced plans to bring support for 3G cellular-wireless networking to its Eee PC line of subnotebooks.
The number of mobile phones bought by U.S. consumers declined 13% last quarter, but sales of smartphones rose sharply.
Last month, Garmin admitted that the release of its nvifone had been pushed back until 2009. The company has given a rather innocuous reason for this delay, but an unconfirmed report puts the real blame on problems at Asus.
Competition in the subnotebook market will soon be heating up even more, as the Dell E will reportedly be released next month.
Garmin's nuvifone, its upcoming navigation device that will also act as mobile phone, will reportedly be manufactured by Asus.
The Eee PC is an amazing device; a small and light laptop that is also easily affordable. But Asus and its competitors seem bent on pushing more features into their subnotebooks until they are no longer small, light, or a good value.
In the wake of the runaway success of the Asus Eee PC, other companies are jumping on board with their own subnotebooks. The latest of these is Dell, who is expected to enter this market in the next month or so.
Asus was at CTIA last week showing off the Lamborghini ZX1, a stylish and high-end Windows Mobile Pro smartphone that will hit the market soon.
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