Despite previous reports that pegged LG and HTC as the likeliest candidates for co-branding the 2014 Nexus 7 alongside Google, it appears Asus has a shot at being chosen again as well.
The news comes straight from the horse’s mouth, as the company’s CEO, Jerry Shen, has told Taiwanese press “we are still in talks” about third-generation Nexus 7 orders. But don’t think for a second Asus’ 2014 mobile strategy revolves solely around the Nexus program.
Not even close, as Shen & co. are reportedly planning a strong smartphone push too, courtesy of a MeMoFone device that’s been spotted in a leaked roadmap sometime ago. Unlike hybrids such as the PadFone, the MeMoFone should be a rather conventional 5-inch handheld and thus more easily find its way around the world, including in subsidized flavors.
While light on specifics about this supposed new flagship little gizmo, we know (or think we know) it’s to get a formal announcement in January at CES and boast a 5-inch Full HD screen.
But wait, there’s more. Also according to Jerry Shen himself, Asus is hard at work on its first ever wearable device, which is slated for a debut in June at Computex. Long way to go until then, so, as you might imagine, the exec is not ready to detail anything about the… smartwatch?
Somewhat unconnected to the mobile landscape, Shin has also recently revealed plans Asus has to tackle the surprisingly booming Chromebook market. And, get this, there will be not one, but two Asus-made Chromebooks up for grabs in Q1 2014, one priced at $250 and one that could go as low as $200.
Not bad, yet I’m fairly certain the Nexus 7 3 is what’s on Shen’s mind the most. After all, the first and second-gens are essentially what put the Asus on the Android map in the first place. What say you, dear readers, will Google and Asus join forces again or will someone like LG, HTC or maybe Lenovo get the chance to shine?