Asus CEO Jerry Shen has also revealed its upcoming e-reader will cost around $300, which surely is a huge improvement over the rather audacious ‘around $599’ that it was earlier believed will cost when it is ready to enter market, which has been pegged to be around October.
Strangely named the Eee Tablet, the black and white e-reader comes with an 8 inch TFT LCD display having 64 shades of gray and a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. The touchscreen will be devoid of any backlight and will be as much receptive to stylus input with a digitizer as it will be to finger presses.
This apart, the other salient features of the Eee Tablet e-reader are an integrated 2 megapixel camera, a built in microphone, 2GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot along with WiFi connectivity option. The e-reader also comes bundled with a full web browser and runs a custom Linux operating system while battery life of the device is slated to be around 10 hours.
With the Eee Tablet, Asus is primarily targeting the student community where the e-reader will fit in as a convenient note taking device. With the Eee Tablet, the Taiwan based manufacturer is also contemplating a change of name to Eee Note by the time it is ready for shipping in October to avoid being confused with its Eee Pad range of tablet PCs. After all, for Asus, the Eee Tablet/Eee Note is a Kindle beater and not a tablet device.