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Asus Foldable eBook Reader Set to Disrupt

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asus-dual-panel-laptop-concept-touchscreens-cebitAsus threw curve balls at everybody with the Eee PC line and now looks like it is poised to do the same to the eBook reader market. Remember the dual screen, foldable device we’ve been seeing pictures of? Well, it looks like it might surface as an eBook reader, with Asus promising that it will be the cheapest on the market.

Actually, Asus is working on two editions, one that will hit that low price point of around $163 or so, and one that will have more features and obviously a larger price tag. Asus is talking like this more featured edition will be able to use Skype, surf the web, etc…

Of course the hinged dual screen has interesting appeal. Asus proved they know how to shake things up with the Eee PC, now the Eee Reader might do the same if it makes its debut by the end of the year as Asus is saying.

Via TimesOnline

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9 Comments

  1. Mark

    09/07/2009 at 7:00 am

    Now if they would just add a pen and annotation capabilities…

  2. Krishna Santani

    09/07/2009 at 11:42 am

    This is going to heat up ebook reader market and it has got everything which can make it a kindle (which is priced at $299) killer. This is going keep Amazon on its toes. Gear up Amazon. Its tough time ahead…

  3. Tim

    09/07/2009 at 12:08 pm

    I’m only wary of this because the Eee was initially promised to cost $199 and ended up at $399.

    I’m seeing this going on sale at at least $199, and the feature list remains to be released, so I’m not exactly giddy, although I do love progress in the e-Reader field.

    Anyone else wondering about battery life/eye strain on what appears to be a standard screen?

  4. SAM

    09/07/2009 at 12:28 pm

    Is the screen going to be colour as pictured?

    The folding dual screen is a neat idea, maybe something you can put in your pocket.

  5. Xavier

    09/07/2009 at 12:41 pm

    It’s good to see more innovation in the eBook market and I really do hope the prices come down.

    I wonder what the book shopping experience will be like.

    One thing that concerns me about the dual display design is unnecessary battery drain. Most people can only keep their eyes on one page at a time.

  6. schmolch

    09/07/2009 at 12:44 pm

    Its cheap because it obviously has a ordinary lcd-screen instead of a e-ink display.
    I still like it though.

  7. Ben

    09/07/2009 at 5:26 pm

    i might have to get this, though i don’t think i’d use it primarily for reading.

    i agree with mark: with the wacom multi-touch & pen capabilities seen in the new fujitsu tablet, this thing would (potentially) rock. an actual notebook computer.

  8. Dodot

    09/07/2009 at 7:14 pm

    Wow! Looks like I’ll be an early adopter of another Eee brand. :D Any word on the battery life of this thing?

  9. Andrew Wright

    09/15/2009 at 6:01 pm

    May be if a scanner were incorporated ‘within’ the two screens it would prove even more useful. Example: need to photocopy something? – just enclose it in the notebook (sandwich style) and scan. Then what is scanned is immediately replicated onto the screen(s) as soon as you open the book! Two sided scanning and replicating would be cool. On the foolish side perhaps the screens could be hot enough to torch up some toast before you get to class while you’re on the bus!

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