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Asus weighing Chrome versus Android

Manufacturer is trying out smartbooks with both Google OSes in its labs, alongside a prototype slate, according to chairman Jonney Shih.

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Asus has prototype Android and Chrome OS smartbooks in its labs and is currently deciding whether to release an ARM-based device alongside its Intel-based Eee PC Netbooks, the company's chairman has told ZDNet UK.

Jonney Shih, Asus' chairman, said in an interview Wednesday that the manufacturer was still not sure how many people would sacrifice the application compatibility advantages of Windows and Intel for a lower-cost subnotebook running a Linux-based OS on an ARM chipset. He also said Asus was working on a tablet or slate device.

"With the current Wintel-based Eee PC, the advantage is you still enjoy the [application] compatibility," Shih said. "The smartbook is usually based on ARM--then you will have some advantage in the cost. This will further push the original direction of the Netbook."

Read more of "Asus weighing up Chrome versus Android" at ZDNet UK.