ASUS is on a mission to become a tablet-toting, force to be reckoned with and it looks like that mission could begin to yield some pretty nifty tablets moving forward. And while ASUS’ aim is to become the world’s No.2 tablet vendor by next year, it sounds like ASUS will continue to cook up some interesting products in other categories as well. Netbooks don’t get as much coverage these days, but the category is still a pretty big money maker for companies like ASUS. According to ASUS CEO Jerry Shen who spoke to reporters at CeBIT, we can look forward to both Android and MeeGo netbooks from the company in the near future. Shen also says ASUS is working on a Windows Phone that will launch next year. Moving back to tablets, Shen talked up 3D displays, quad-core processors and SSD drives when discussing the company’s roadmap, though he didn’t get into any specifics. The just announced Apple iPad 2 gave competitors plenty of room to shine in 2011, though it could be almost impossible for any single vendor to make any real headway with imminent floods about to drown us all. What definitely won’t help is a lot of talk with no products to back it up, so we’re hoping ASUS has some intriguing devices in hand next time executives talk tablets. More →
Nokia, as part of its Conversations blog, is circulating an email newsletter which hints at some new handsets. The sidebar story mentions the rumored C-Series devices, discusses the upcoming deliberately misspelled “C BIT” conference and tells its fans that Nokia will “C you there”. Don’t start dreaming of a 12 megapixel, Symbian S^3 powered flagship quite yet as the C-Series is expected to be comprised of entry level handsets. Indeed, the first handset in the lineup is rumored to be the C5, a numeric keypad-toting candybar, and the C6, which is rumored to be a front-facing QWERTY handset that recently passed through the FCC with AT&T 3G on board. Hopefully, this shameless self-promotion was just a teaser and when CeBIT starts next Tuesday will we see Nokia handsets from both ends of the spectrum get the official nod.