The company that practically invented the netbook space is now one of the major players in the tablet space. Asus says it moved 3 million tablets in the first quarter of 2013, and research firm IDC puts Asus in third place, behind Samsung and Apple in tablet market share.
Of course, third place doesn’t mean much when Apple still has almost 40 percent of the market to itself. IDC says Asus has just a 5.5 percent share of the tablet market.
If Asus CEO Jerry Shen is right though, things could change this year with Windows 8 tablet prices falling to $300 or less.
Right now tablets running Windows 8 tend to cost $500 or more, with only a few models selling for lower prices. The Wall Street Journal reports that Shen sees prices for Windows 8 tablets dropping to $300 this year, possibly when tablets with screens smaller than 10 inches hit the market.
Today the smallest Windows 8 tablets available feature 10 inch screens. But models with 7 or 8 inch models could be in the works.