Asus is planning another assault on the cut-price laptop market by using ARM's chips to help bring down the cost of the devices again.
CEO Jerry Shen has said the company will be launching a machine based on the chip manufacturer's architecture, bringing a device that bridges the gap between smartphone and netbook.
According to Reg Hardware, the CEO says the new device, which may launch for around £150, will help keep the company at the sharp end of the cut price laptop market, after the success of the early EEE PCs.
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This hybrid device would traditionally have an even smaller form factor than a netbook, which nowadays packs a 10-inch screen on average, but would need smaller batteries thanks to processors sucking less power.
The likelihood is we'll get a UK release date of Q1 2010, so the next year could herald a year of even smaller and cheaper netbook - who would have guessed that?
Via Reg Hardware