The two Taiwan tigers both have plans to debut new devices running Google’s open-source Chrome OS at next month’s Computex 2010 trade show in Taipei.
Acer and Asus are expected to use the annual Computex techfest to debut their respective Chrome-powered devices including netbooks and touchscreen tablets.
Both companies have already gone public with their plans to use Google’s mobile computing OS on a range of devices, with Asus seeking to make the first strike by holding a press conference on the afternoon before Computex begins on June 1st.
Asus has previously said it would offer “at least two” tablet PCs under the Eee Pad brand, with company chairman Jonney Shih saying one would likely run Chrome (or possibly Android) while the other would probably run Windows.
In a complete break from the Wintel model, the Eee Pad is also believed to be powered byNvidia’s ARM-based Tegra processor.
Acer is widely tipped to launch a netbook running Chrome OS but few would be surprised it it also slips a Chrome slate into the mix, at least as a preview of the device rather than one that’s set to ship.
In December last year, Acer Chairman J.T. Wang said he was “confident” that Acer would release the world’s first Chrome netbook, with availability slated for mid-2010 – which is just about now...