The Asus eReader has been confirmed for a 2009 release. There are more updates, including the news that there are actually two Asus eReaders.
The news actually hit #1 on TechMeme which means a lot of people are writing about how Asus’ not yet released eReader will take over the market.
Here’s what the higher end Asus eReader looks like –
Only problem is, from the definition (courtesy Times Online), it doesn’t exactly sound like an eReader. Let’s take a look –
the Asus device has a hinged spine, like a printed book …
gives the user the option of seeing the text on one screen while browsing a web page on the other.
One of the screens could also act as a virtual keypad for the device to be used like a laptop.
… the Asus would be full colour … may also feature “speakers, a webcam and a mic for Skype”, allowing cheap phone calls over the internet.
That sounds like a split screen netbook to me.
The features make it unlike any other eReader –
- Color screens, and two of them, rules out eInk.
- A second screen you can surf on while reading. Asus have got to be joking.
- Webcam and Skype.
It seems like Asus is trying to kill ebooks.
All those people focused on reading – That’s terrible. Lets create a device that not only distracts them with web surfing and phone calls, it actually has a second screen to remove any possibility whatsoever of them actually reading.
We had reviewed the threat of an Asus eReader a week ago. However, an Asus netbook pretending to be an eReader is hardly a threat.
The budget version, named the Asus Eee Reader, sounds more interesting as it will compete on price rather than features. It will retail at 100 pounds ($164).
To complicate matters a lot of news sources are confusing the two models and pushing the notion that Asus’s premium model is $200, which would be a minor miracle.
Times Online also claim that eReaders sales in UK have been depressingly low –
to date fewer than 80,000 ereader devices have been sold in the UK, according to GfK, the retail analyst