Asus sidesteps tablets, debuts e-reader-cum-jotter
Asus has outed its Linux-based wireless-enabled e-book reader and digital notepad.
Actually, there's rather a lot of media tablet about the Eee Note EA800, only the lack of a colour LCD limiting its ability to show video. It doesn't do Adobe Flash, either.
What it does do is present a range of e-book, document, picture and music formats, with files kept on its 4GB of on-board Flash storage or on Micro SD cards you've inserted into it.
It's got an 8in, 768 x 1024 display that can do 64 levels of grey - more than E Ink's best, Pearl, can manage - and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi.
There's a 2Mp camera on board too, presumably because Asus can put one in rather than because anyone will actually use the thing with a monochrome screen.
The EA800 weighs a mere 520g and measures 222 x 139 x 11mm. Asus claims the battery's good for 13.5 hours' continuous reading and writing - with the bundled Wacom stylus - or ten hours with Wi-Fi turned on.
Asus has chosen to bundle the EA800 with EverNote software to keep your doodles and jottings in sync with the cloud. The gadget does voice recording too.
Very swish it looks too, but there's no word when it'll go on sale - early next year, we reckon - or how much it'll cost when it does. ®
e reader cum jotter?
I hope it's got a wipe clean screen?
camera makes sense
the camera is present most likely not because "Asus can put one in" but for tasks such as making a copy of a document
Does it have...
A web browser / mail client?
If so then I do want one - although I'd have been happy with e-ink and a greater runtime.
Hand it to Alan Kay please!
Now once someone finds a way to "draw programs" effectively, this could start a new computer revolution. Unfortunately it's very unlikely they have a smart enough person working there.
So please hand that device to Alan Kay and let him find out ways to turn it into something useful.
If you going to go LCD
why restrict yourself to grayscale? I've been waiting for Asus to do a decent portable tablet device but without colour this ain't it.