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Asus working on a low-cost Eee smartphone?

Asus hints that it's working on an affordable Eee smartphone that will act as the command center for the digital home.

Asus is no stranger to smartphones; check out its Asus P527. Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Asus has tried its hand at smartphones before. Take for instance, the Asus P527, a feature-rich Windows Mobile device that simply didn't deliver in the performance department and certainly wasn't worth the expensive price tag. However, it appears the Taiwanese company might give smartphones another shot, but this time with a completely new game plan.

According to a New York Times interview with Asustek's chairman Jonney Shih, Asus is working on a low-cost smartphone called the Eee Phone. Based on the company's Eee line of affordable Netbooks, Shih envisions the Eee Phone as the "interactive control" for the digital home.

Shih didn't reveal any more details about the smartphone, such as what type of operating system it would run, features, or design. Asus faces an uphill climb, facing a full market of well-established players. However, as we've seen with the popular Eee Netbook series, if the price is right and the feature set decent, the Eee Phone could be a force to be reckoned with.

(Source: Wired)