Asus Debuts 8" Eee Tablet Reader With Fast Refreshing LCD

The Computex trade show has begun in Taiwan, and Asus is one of the first companies out of the gate with new releases. The company that's known for starting the netbook craze has yet to really approach another craze (the e-reader), but that changed today. The EeeTablet was introduced as the company's first offering in this product category, but it's certainly unlike readers that have come before.

Rather than using E-Ink like the Kindle or a backlit LCD like Pandigital's new Novel, the EeeTablet splits the difference by using a TFT-LCD that has no backlight. This means that it's still a color-free LCD (black and white images, like the Kindle), but it has a far faster refresh rate than the E-Ink based Kindle. So it's attempting to take the pros of the Kindle (long battery life) and the pros of LCD-based readers (fast refresh) and combine them. The screen itself is 8" with a 1024x768 resolution.

The touch screen relies on a special stylus to input text and data, and Asus suggests that you can doodle and take notes on this device as well. There's a MicroSD slot as well as a 2MP camera on the rear, and the 10 hour battery life is up there with the iPad and other E-Ink readers. Early reports suggest that this device will cost between $200 and $300 when it ships in September.

ASUS Provides Tomorrow's Technologies Today at Computex 2010
Innovative Eee Pad and Eee Tablet extend ASUS' leadership in Cloud Computing

Fremont, California (May 31, 2010) ASUS' leadership in innovation and design will once again be the focus at Computex 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan. ASUS will proudly showcase a wide range of products across five major categories: cloud computing, gaming, enthusiast-level PC components, multimedia and green computing. As a technological leader in cloud computing, ASUS offers a broad lineup of cloud-connected devices featuring on-the-fly data and multimedia sharing capabilities that consumers crave in today's market.

The Notepad Goes Digital with the Eee Tablet
Innovation meets cloud computing at Computex 2010 with the ASUS Eee Tablet. With a 2450 dpi touch resolution screen, the Eee Tablet is one of the world's most accurate and sensitive digital note taking devices, and gives the user the feel of writing on paper. Users can select one of the built-in notepad templates and have the option to store, sort and tag, organize or browse through them. Real time text annotations can also be made on-the-fly. The Eee Tablet makes reading easy, with text file page turns taking just 0.1 seconds-nine times faster than the page turns of normal e-readers. Reading documents or books remains easy on the users' eyes even after prolonged viewing periods.

The ASUS Eee Tablet features a built-in 2 megapixel camera that captures detailed images, letting the user grab screenshots of lecture slides and write notes on them instantly. It easily syncs up with a PC or notebook via USB or Micro SD to ensure that all notes, content, and calendars are constantly kept up-to-date. With up to 10-hours of battery life, the Eee Tablet has enough power for a variety of tasks. At the end of the day, users not only have an electronic notepad, but a media player and e-reader as well.