Asus kills its line of Windows RT tablets

CEO's comments confirm earlier direction in favor of Intel-based Windows tablets

Asustek CEO Jerry Shen confirmed today that his company will no longer produce Windows RT tablets.

"It's not only our opinion; the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful," Shen told the Wall Street Journal Friday at a Taipei earnings conference.

Asus now makes the VivoTab RT tablet, which runs on an ARM processor. In the future, it plans to focus on Windows 8 tablets that run on X86 chips from Intel because those tablets have compatibility with older Windows apps that RT lacks, Shen said.

Last week, Asus Chairman Jonney Shih said Windows RT has not been promising and said Asus is putting time and energy into devices running Intel chips.

The Shen confirmation comes a day after Nvidia said it expects revenue to drop as much as 40% this year from the Tegra processor used in some Windows RT tablets and some Android tablets and smartphones. The Tegra 3 runs in the VivoTab, as well as Microsoft's Surface RT and Lenovo's Yoga 11 tablet.

Microsoft wrote off $900 million in July to make up for steep discounts on its own Surface RT tablet. Analysts believe Microsoft will continue as the sole maker of Windows RT devices.

Windows RT tablets only garnered 0.5% of the tablet market in the second quarter, IDC said this week. That means about 200,000 shipped in the second quarter, the same amount as the first quarter.

Windows 8 tablets have fared better, with 1.8 million shipments in the second quarter and 4% of the market, IDC said.

More tablet info

The table below shows the most recently announced tablets as reported by Computerworld. Click a tablet's name in the leftmost column to read a news story or review with more information about the device, or view a larger table with more details about each product.

Tablet

Mfr.

OS

Starting price ($US)

Ship date/est. ship date

Notes

Galaxy Tab 3

Samsung

Android

Shipping June 2013

Transformer Book Trio

Asus

Android

Runs both Android and Windows 8. Keyboard has own 750GB hard drive and Intel i7 processor.

Iconia W3

Acer

Windows

Attachable keyboard

Lenovo A3000

Lenovo

Android

Lenovo S6000

Lenovo

Android

Asus Memo Pad

Asus

Android

$149

Vivo Tab

Asus

Windows

$799

Price includes keyboard dock

Vivo Tab RT

Asus

Windows

$599

Windows RT. Optional keyboard dock for $199

Kindle Fire HD

Amazon

Android

$199

09/14/12

Table created by Computerworld staff using Zoho Creator.

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