I don’t know about you, but my experience with ASUS products have not exactly been happy ones. The hinge on my ASUS notebook popped open one fine day without any warning, where the other hinge followed a couple of weeks later – and I was apparently informed by the ASUS service center here that “it happens”, without any explanation as to why it happened. Still, I am quite sure that you have horror stories of your own when it comes to the different consumer electronics brand in the market, but let me not take the shine off ASUS’ intention to deliver its new PadFone collection to the US.
ASUS CEO, Jerry Shen, claimed that the company has already sold more than 10,000 PadFones in Taiwan between April and August, and continued, “Without knowing our customers’ acceptance, I did not dare to go mainstream. The fact that such an expensive device still managed to sell nearly 300 units per day in Taiwan means the user base is quite stable. So in June, I was confident enough to tell my team that it’s time to go mainstream. Without knowing our customers’ acceptance, I did not dare to go mainstream, because going mainstream requires a lot of effort.”
It seems that this means the new PadFone devices will be headed for the US, and Shen did share that they are working on a device for an unnamed but “big” operator for a Q2 launch in the US. Anyone wants to warrant a guess as to who this operator would be?