Fresh from being ranked as the third largest motherboard manufacturer in the world
, ASRock is now reportedly planning an assault on a new market segment: tablets.
According to comments made by vice president of sales Li Jun-Ying, quoted over on DigiTimes
, the company is looking to release its own take on the tablet form factor some time before the end of the second quarter of this year.
The company reportedly has a pair of devices in the works; one featuring a 7in display and another with a meatier 10in screen. ASRock is reportedly planning to release the devices around April this year, in order to coincide with the planned launch of Google's tablet-centric build of Android; Honeycomb.
Jun-Ying suggests that the devices will both be powered by Nvidia's increasingly popular Tegra 2 ARM system-on-chip platform, resulting in dual-core processing power and a respectable GPU. Sadly, however, that's unlikely to be enough to differentiate the company's offerings in what is rapidly becoming a crowded market.
Although many of the tablets announced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show were devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread - or, in some cases, even older versions - April and May are expected to bring a raft of Honeycomb tablets from a variety of manufacturers. Many of these devices will also be based on Nvidia's Tegra 2 platform, and ASRock will have to innovate if it wants its tablets to stand out from the crowd.
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