Update, 7:30 p.m., March 19, 2012: I received this notice from the PR a few days ago:
I have just received an official statement from ASUS GLOBAL that they are moving its GLOBAL LAUNCH to another date.
ASUS Philippines would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused with the multiple changes in sched. We promise that we have something bigger and better in store for you soon. Again, my apologies in behalf of ASUS Philippines.
This just in: ASUS Philippines is launching several products on March 28. Among them are these three:
ASUS Transformer Pad 300. An entry-level 10.1-inch Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet that has an optional keyboard dock to transform it into a laptop, which should extend its 10-hour battery life to 15 hours. It is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor running at 1.2GHz; has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage; and comes in WiFi, 3G, and LTE variants. (As to which one ASUS Philippines is selling? That I have yet to check. If you want to know more about LTE in the Philippines, you may want to read Beta-testing Smart’s Evolution LTE: How fast is it?) Another spec of note: an 8-megapixel main camera.
ASUS Zenbook UX21 in hot pink. If there’s one ASUS product that’s calling my name, it’s this hot pink version of the Taiwanese company’s 11.6-inch ultrabook. Don’t be fooled by the feminine color (stop all this feminist nonsense. It’s wired into a woman’s DNA). This Zenbook is as powerful as its silver sibling. You can still pick from among the Intel Core i7, i5, and i3 processors available to power the ultrabook, though I’m not sure yet if ASUS Philippines will bring the i3 version here (see So you want a more affordable ultrabook?). Local manufacturers haven’t brought in the cheaper ultrabooks thus far. If it’s still the i5 model that’s launching in the country, then expect the price to be close to P54,000.
ASUS Eee PC Flare. It’s not Acer Philippines alone that has joined the Intel Cedar Trail bandwagon with the Aspire One D270. The local outpost of ASUS will also be launching this 10.1-inch netbook that’s powered by the new generation of Intel Atom chips, which should give it up to 10 hours of battery life. (However, ASUS claims that the six-cell battery should give you about 12.5 hours’ worth of juice on a single charge.) The platform is also said to use up to 20% less power than its predecessor. The model with the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N2600 dual-core processor (1025C) has a $299 price tag, so that should be around P12,700 sans the taxes.
- Beta-testing Smart’s Evolution LTE: How fast is it?
- So you want a more affordable ultrabook?
- Acer Aspire One D270 to sell for P19,900 in the Philippines (Updated)