Asustek launches Chromebox desktop with small footprint in Taiwan

10/31/2014 12:43 PM

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. launched the Chromebox in its home market Friday, bring the compact computer running Google Inc.'s Web-centric Chrome operating system to Taiwanese consumers.

Measuring just 12 x 12 centimeters, the Chromebox CN60 sports an Intel Celeron 2955U processor and can start up in seconds, Asustek said in a news release.

The Chromebox CN60 is available from Friday at NT$5,999 (US$197).

Asustek also announced that its 13-inch Chrome-based laptop, the Chromebook C300, will go on sale in Taiwan at the IT Month annual trade fair on Nov. 29-Dec. 7. Detailed specifications and pricing for the device will be released in late November.

New data from market intelligence firm ABI Research shows that worldwide shipments of Chromebooks are forecast to reach 4.1 million units in 2014, almost a doubling compared with 2.1 million units shipped in 2013.

But it will be a challenge for Asustek to break into the top of the market.

The top three Chromebook vendors -- Acer Inc. of Taiwan, Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea and Hewlett-Packard of the United States -- accounted for 74 percent shipment shares during first half of 2014. The three companies are forecasted to maintain market control through the second half of this year, ABI Research said.

(By Jeffrey Wu)ENDITEM/WH

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