News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday December 11, 2013.
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ASUS has ignored the US market with each smartphone release, but the Taiwanese manufacturer will finally begin selling in the U.S. next year when it delivers the Padfone phone that can transform into a tablet. ASUS CEO Jerry Shen said in an interview with Engadget that his company would release the next generation Padfone in the US in the second quarter of 2014. Though the previous iterations of the device have only gone on sale in parts of Asia and Europe, US consumers will finally have a chance to purchase it next spring.
"Once this product is launched [in the US], we will definitely have no problem tackling Europe with the same product, because this US operator is very big," Chen told Engadget.
The operator in question would most likely be AT&T or Verizon, the two "big" operators with far more subscribers than its nearest competitor, Sprint. The arrival will be greeted favorably by at least some consumers who have waited for the Padfone, a series of high-end Android smartphones that can connect to a dock and power a tablet, to go on sale in the US. Similar concepts like the Motorola Atrix were not mainstream hits, but they did attract a decent sized audience. ASUS is preparing to find more success when it launches next year.source: Engadget
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