ASUS Promises Secret Weapon to Battle iPad 2

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PC maker ASUS claims it is ready to take on Apple’s upcoming second generation iPad with a “secret weapon,” following its introduction of four different tablet computer models at CES in early January. Company chairman Jonney Shih didn’t want to drop any hints, but did say there would be an announcement ahead of the product launch, according to Computerworld.

“We will try to provide a ‘secret weapon,’” Mr. Shih said. “Something we have not shown at this time but closer to the launch time we will show.”

Artist rendition: ASUS Secret weapon iPad killer

Mr. Shih is confident ASUS is in a good position to compete with Apple’s iPad. “We already know some of the details of that device, such as what kind of processor they chose… We very carefully chose our tablet processor, the Nvidia Tegra 2, and to really compete it will take [Apple] some time. You know, [Nvidia] is well known for graphics,” he said.

Apple hasn’t announced the second generation iPad yet, nor has it confirmed what components the multimedia tablet will use. Mr. Shih, however, seems certain he knows enough about Apple’s plans to build a product that can hold its own in a head-to-head competition.

Rumors claim the new iPad will be thinner, offer longer battery life, will include front and rear-facing cameras, may have a higher resolution display, will sport a built-in SD camera card reader, and could combine GSM and CDMA 3G wireless data support in a single model.

Since Apple’s competitors typically react to the company’s designs after products ship, it’s difficult for them to keep up and ship their own devices quickly. Just what ASUS has in store with its secret weapon is still a secret, but our guess is that it involves unicorns and laser beams.

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10 Comments Leave Your Own

Lee Dronick

Revenge of the Shih?

jfbiii

Secret weapon: the announcement of a secret weapon in the hopes that 20 or 30 people out of the millions of people anxiously waiting to buy an iPad 2 will wait instead for ASUS’s iPad killer.

Tiger

What’s so funny is that nobody I know would seriously consider buying an ASUS computer much less a tablet. MAYBE a monitor, but their rep just doesn’t have any credibility towards endurance and longevity. I want something that will last more than 6 months to a year before I have to replace it again. My last two Macs, at home and the office, went 9 years each.

Maybe their secret weapon will be a going out of business sign?

mhikl

Shown at CES. mmmmm. Was that one of all the rest that were shown behind glass and didn’t actually have the guts to run; some had specs and others?not so much. Some call them, mock-ups; others, laugh-ups; still others, up-chucks.

Secret weapon. (another mmmmm) Maybe it comes with free jujubes and a crying towel. Everyone likes jujubes if they have their own teeth.

Waiting for a flood of trolls to speak out. . . . . still waiting.

. . . waiting.

nytesky

Battling Apple with hardware specs isn’t going to cut it anymore. Everything is about software now…

lrd

ASUS who?

Another crapoid tablet?

Buyer beware- you get what you pay for!

pcow

pcow

It’s so good news. Asus use ‘Secret Weapon’ against iPad 2. Asus Chairman says, It will be perfect for all work. It’s all features also so high. But I think it will be proved from the users. So we are waiting…......to see the success of Asus.

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MacUserSince1984

Asus just makes pretty looking junk that falls apart in your hands.  ..... kinda like M$M’s of the computer world.

Buyer beware…...

will

So FUD is a weapon now?  Well Mr. Shih, Apple has an even more secret weapon that they’re saving until you reveal your secret weapon.

Bryan Chaffin

I can’t reveal my source, but I’ve been told the secret weapon is codenamed The Taste Transmorgifier?.

This top secret device is going to be able to give Asus’s designers and executives that missing ingredient: Taste.

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