Asus recently announced it was done developing products that will run Windows RT, and now it looks like the Taiwanese OEM may be heading in an entirely new direction with plans to release its first Chromebook by the end of the year. In a new report citing unnamed sources, Tom’s Hardware claims the company is hoping to stake out a slice of the growing education market.
While the army of Chromebook computers continues to grow, demand for the cheap and lightweight laptops hasn’t really taken off yet, largely due to Google’s still-limited web-based OS. However, Asus is likely banking on the platform to pick up soon, based on reports that Google may combine Chrome OS and Android into one scalable operating system as early as 2014. Asus isn’t ditching the regular laptop market, however.
In fact, the company is also expected to release a refreshed VivoBook running Windows 8.1 later this year. Over the weekend, Swedish site SweClockers published several leaked renderings of the upcoming netbook, and revealed the laptop’s specs, which include a 1GHz dual-core A4-1200 AMD processor, 320GB upgradeable to 500GB, either 2 or 4GB of RAM, and a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768-pixel display. Asus will unveil the device at the Windows 8.1 event scheduled for September 15, according to some reports.