Asus logoAsus CEO Jerry Shen recently opened up his crystal ball to let the world in on what his company has in store for the masses later this year, and a slew of low-cost notebooks seem to be on the menu. In fact, Shen also shared that Asus has plans to roll out a new Transformer Book that has a 10-inch display that costs just $399 or less sometime in the second half of 2013. This is in line with what we reported earlier, and it was also shared that they are working on their very first Chromebook, which would be part of their plans to launch a laptop that is powered by Google’s very Chrome operating system sometime in the second half of the year.

Asus did manage to garner their fair share of fans a few years ago thanks to their extremely popular range of Eee PC netbooks, but since netbooks have begun to wane in popularity (some even say that they are more or less dead), Asus has shifted most of their attention to tablets, Ultrabooks, and other kinds of computers that carry more of a premium in their respective price tags. A new 10″ Transformer Book and Chromebook would certainly signal their intent to make more headway in the respective markets, and we will watch Asus with a greater level of interest than ever before.

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