Asus President Jerry Shen stated in an interview with Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper that the Taiwanese firm was planning to start producing tablets in Brazil in 2012, to which ends, it is looking for a local partner. Asus has recently launched its so-called Eee Pad Transformer tablet in Brazil.
At present, Asus produces notebooks, netbooks and motherboards in Brazil thanks to an agreement with the firm Visum, which has headquarters in Curitiba. The local production of tablets will enable Asus to take advantage of tax benefits granted by the Brazilian Government, thus reducing such device costs.
In turn, the so-called Eee Pad Transformer tablet may become a netbook by means of a complementary keyboard. The device has already reached the Brazilian market and it is offered at USD 918. With the acquisition of the keyboard, such price amounts to USD 1163. The tablet is fitted with the operating system Android 3.1 Honeycomb, 10,1″ LED screen, NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and 1GB memory.