Chrome OS netbook From Asus coming in June, report says

Asus is reportedly prepping a $200 Google Chrome OS notebook for sale in June.

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Hardware, Asus, Chrome OS

Apple is already shipping more iPads than some single netbook manufacturers. The company sold about 15 million iPads in 2010, while Asus shipped just 6 million of its popular Eee PC netbooks during that same time.   Analysts have also predicted big gains for Apple's iPad 2 with as many as 500,000 sold in the first three days of the product's launch. Apple has not announced any official iPad 2 sales numbers.

Glimmer of Hope

The one advantage a Chrome OS netbook could have over tablets would be pricing, if recent rumors of a $200 Asus device turn out to be correct. The cheapest iPad currently costs $500 and Motorola recently announced its Android-based Wi-Fi only Xoom tablet will sell for $600. If Asus can launch a Chrome OS netbook that costs half as much as an iPad, that may be enough to woo people away from touch-based tablets and back to a more traditional laptop device.

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