While Asus is well-known for the Nexus 7 tablet and its Transformer line of tablets, the manufacturer has yet to seriously crack into the U.S. market. According to a report from AllThingsD, the company will be releasing smartphones and other devices in the U.S. market as early as 2014.
Speaking to AllThingsD after the release of the Nexus 7 last week, Asus Chairman Jonney Shih said that Asus has been holding off on entering the U.S. market more aggressively due to the lack of relationships with carriers and retailers. Shih believes that its U.S. relationships are strong enough for the launch of more devices, although that may not happen until 2014.
Asus will reportedly continue to develop hybrid devices and smartphones for future release in the states, which could be similar to the Fonepad, a 7 inch tablet that also has phone capabilities. Asus recently released the Transformer Book Trio which runs Android and Windows on the same device.