As far as 2014 is concerned, Asus plans to expand its portfolio of products by developing new smartphones, Chromebooks, wearable devices and possible a new Nexus tablet. While the Nexus 7 tablet might be quite far away, according to Taipei Times, Asus’s plans for the incoming year are supposed to include the third generation Nexus 7 tablet as well as wearable devices and new smartphones. In the same time, the report includes a quote of Asus’s CEO Jerry Shen, who stated that the company would unveil the already-mentioned hansets next year at Computex tech fair.
The CEO did not offer other details regarding the type of wearable products that would be revealed at the tech fair, but it is safe to assume that most probably, the company will be working on a smartwatch, and possible a Glass-like head mounted computer in order to compete with other similar products on the products.
So far, Asus has been the sole manufacturer for Nexus 7 tablet, for two years in a row. There two generations of devices increased Asus’s image worldwide, as well as the company’s financial status, and, in the same time, it offered the advantage of being considered the most appropriate partner for the alleged Nexus 7 2014 Edition. However, the two big tech companies are still in talks as far as the Nexus 7 2014 is concerned, but most likely these are only formalities.
As Asus’s profits continue to increase quarter after quarter, it is natural to expect an expansion in the product line. So far, laptops represent 57% of all Asus profit, the tablets 20% and motherboards only 13%. The rest of 10% includes other peripheral sales.
In the case of the two Chromebooks due in Q1 2014, the 11.6-inch model will be priced around $200 and the 13.3-inch model up to $249. The Taiwanese company will target teachers and students as potential customers, which are looking for an affordable alternative. Sales in the notebook field are expected to grow up to 21-million units shipped for 2014, and tablets are expected to exceed 13-million devices.
I am sure that there will be plenty other rumors and news regarding the next-gen Nexus tablet. So far, the Nexus 7 (2013) model was not officially announced for the Indian market. Recently, Nexus 7 32GN 3G LTE tablet was listed at Rs. 25,999 on the Indian Google Play Store. Along with this particular model, the 16 GB and the 32 GB Wi-Fi + LTE model were also added to Google Play Store.