ASUS shipped 2.7 million units compared to just over 700,000 units in the same period last year thanks to its Android based Nexus 7 which has achieved over 5 million in sales moving it into third spot of worldwide tablets sales in Q1 2013.
Asus pegs its success partly to Google’s Android open-source OS which was the most favoured operating system amongst consumers with 27.8 million units shipped. Asus also says the growing appetite for tablets was a factor with the market growing 142 percent year over year in the last three months.
ASUS jumped to third position beating out Amazon the makers of the kindle fire and grabbing a 5.5% market share.
This is an impressive performance by the motherboard manufacturer despite a slowdown in shipped devices. The industry sold 49.2 million units in the last quarter compared to 52.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Asus earlier this month released the Fonepad, the first android tablet that runs the new Intel processor and is a budget friendly option in the market. Built upon the successes of the ASUS 7” android tablet range, Fonepad brings real voice capabilities to a tablet, incorporating all phone and tablet functions into a single device.