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Asustek clears up rumor regarding 3G version tablet

2012/01/16 14:54:21

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. said Monday that it has no plan to launch a 3G version of its Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet computer as some local media have reported previously.

Earlier this month, the media reports said that Asustek is expected to introduce the 3G-enabled Transformer Prime in the first quarter of this year with an improved casing design.

However, Asustek said these reports are erroneous and "no such product exists on its current roadmap," according to a company statement.

The company also said that it expects to launch 3G version models for other high-end products in the Transformer family in the future to expand its tablet PC portfolio.

Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Asustek unveiled its new Transformer TF700T, a 10.1-inch Android tablet featuring a higher resolution of 1920x1200, full HD and Wi-Fi connectivity, which will go on sale in the second quarter of 2012.

The company noted that the new TF700T will co-exist with the current Wi-Fi version of Transformer Prime, with the two products aiming at different market segments.

Asustek has announced its intention to achieve an aggressive tablet shipment target of 6 million units in 2012, which will be three times more than last year's 1.8 million units.

The sales will be driven by Asustek's early adoption of the latest Android 4.0 software, which improves interoperability across personal computers, smartphones and tablets and allows app developers to achieve higher synergy, the company said.

(By Jeffrey Wu)