ASUS will launch new smartphones in US in 2014

ASUS to launch its own smartphones next year in the US, most likely a transformer style lineup of phones and tablets.

Published Mon, Jul 29 2013 5:33 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:21 PM CST

In an interview with All Things D, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih said that his company will be launching its smartphones in the US in 2014. Shih said that his company has been busy talking with carriers and building the relationships that will be necessary for the company to succeed in the US smartphone market.

ASUS will launch new smartphones in US in 2014 |

"For the phone, frankly speaking, we are still the latecomers," Shih said in an interview after Google's Nexus 7 launch last week. "We are making progress. I think next year is more reasonable." This news could mean that ASUS could be bringing the hybrid 7-inch Fonepad to the US along with its companion, the Padfone. Both devices combine to transform into a true phone / tablet mashup and is actually where we get the term "phablet" from.

This would fall inline with the company's Transformer Book Trio, which combines Android and Windows 8 into a tablet, laptop, and desktop all-in-one device. Shih closed out the interview by saying, "I think we are going to have something even more revolutionary for this series."


A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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