We can now add ASUS to the growing list of Chrome OS manufacturers, which also includes Samsung, Acer, HP, and Lenovo. This is according to a rumor corroborated by DigiTimes, which states that although ASUS originally had no plans to manufacture a Chrome OS device, Chromebook sales have proven to be successful enough to warrant entering this new market. At this point, we don’t have any specs yet for the ASUS Chromebook, although the sources of the rumor note that it will be released in the second half of 2013, which could be anytime from July to December.
Acer is also expected to release a new 11.6-inch Chromebook at this time, as well, most likely replacing its current model, the C7. This Chromebook will directly target students, which probably means that the price will be about the same as the C7, or around $199.
It’s great to see more manufacturers get on board with Chrome OS, especially after seeing the Samsung Chromebook remain Amazon’s bestselling laptop almost since its inception, and the current Acer Chromebook only a few spots below. In light of declining Windows sales, Chrome OS is sure to look more attractive to PC manufacturers who otherwise might suffer slower sales and a decline in profits.
Are there any other PC manufacturers you’d like to see make a new Chromebook?[DigiTimes]