Poor Asus. Its upcoming Windows 8 tablets will cost $600 to $1,300, according to a leaked roadmap published by ZDNet (and republished above), which means that almost no one will buy them.
The most expensive one, the Asus Taichi, has two screens — one on either side of its “lid” — so it can work as a tablet or, by folding out the keyboard, as a notebook. No wonder it’s expensive (and I wonder what it weighs, with two LCDs back-to-back).
Microsoft’s own tablet, the Surface, will also be pricey, but probably not that pricey.
When you consider that cheap Android tablets are already available in Fry’s for $80 — and in China for $45 or less — you have to wonder what Asus executives are smoking. I don’t care what kind of feature or quality benefits these tablets offer, there’s no way to justify a 10x price differential.
As ZDNet drily notes, demand will likely be low for these overpriced white elephants.