The first Chromebook from Asus has been in the pipeline for a while now, and yesterday CEO Jerry Shen revealed that the Chrome OS device will finally launch in the first quarter of 2014. The news clashes with earlier rumors that the Taiwanese company would release the new laptop by the end of the year as part of its transition away from Windows RT, though perhaps those reports were a bit premature.
Shen broke the news at an earnings conference, according to Focus Taiwan, revealing that the new Chromebook would be priced at $249. He also noted that a cheaper $199 model is a possibility, though it would mean cutting profit margins for the company.
We’re interested to see what an Asus Chromebook will look like, given the Taiwanese company’s penchant for innovative design. From the FonePad (a fully-functioning 7-inch smartphone) to the PadFone (a 5-inch handset that slides into a 10.1-inch tablet to power it on), Asus has shown it’s not afraid to push the limits of mobile technology. We’re excited to find out what the company has planned for Google’s Chromebook series.