Despite reported WiFi signal problems with the ASUS Transformer Prime tablet, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih is optimistic about his company’s tablet shipments for next year. He expects that ASUS will ship three to six million tablets in 2012, a major boost up from the estimated 1.8 million units in 2011.
Shih believes that the ASUS Transformer Prime tablet will be especially popular with consumers because of its unique physical keyboard hardware. The detachable keyboard design is patent pending and the company plans to continue optimizing the technology.
Furthermore, ASUS plans to introduce new Transformer tablets next year that run the Windows 8 platform. Shih believes that with Windows 8, tablets will be able to address both consumers’ “data consumption” and “data creation” needs.