ASUS also appears to be planning its own Windows 8 tablet for Q3 2012.
A leaked slide that emerged on Monday appears to indicate that Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system may arrive in time for between July and September next year. The timings of ASUS’s Windows 8 tablet line up with a recent report that suggested HP and Dell were both planning Windows 8 tablet offerings in Q3, 2012 too. The timing of ASUS’s tablet was revealed by Engadget on Monday and could see two ASUS Windows 8 devices in time for the holiday 2012 season.
ASUS recently introduced Windows-powered ultrabooks. The ASUS Zenbook UX21 and UX31 both feature a slim line design, SSD storage and super fast USB 3.0. The laptops are designed to go head-to-head with Apple’s MacBook Air device and provide slim line computing until Windows 8 tablets are available. ASUS is offering the UX21 as a Core i5-powered 11.6-inch machine with 128GB SSD. The UX21 will cost $999. The slightly larger UX31 features a 13.3-inch display with a choice of Core i5 or i7 processors and 128GB or 256GB SSD. The UX31 battery life is expected to be around 7 hours, whilst the smaller UX21 will rack up 5 hours.
ASUS also has a Windows 7-powered slate on the market. Microsoft used the ASUS Eee Slate in its promotional material earlier this year. Microsoft has also created several commercials for the new ASUS Slate device. The adverts are aimed to show how versatile Windows 7 Slates can be by swapping from using them as a desktop PC to a Tablet in seconds.