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hoh, baby. asus is about to shake up the ebook world with the release of a cheap reader.

at around £100 i'd buy it right away. it's larger than the ones out now, but it harkens back to one of the prototype models i was eyeing years ago, which never made it to market. i don't mind that it's larger; though it depends a bit on how heavy it will be as well.

here's an older image of the concept model, from CeBIT of march this year:


times online announcement

engadget's look at the concept model

on 2009-09-07 11:09 (UTC)
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Hmm, that looks very interesting. I'm not leaping on it until after the price has officially come out (and likely I'll wait for an iteration or two for stuff to shake itself out), but that tempts me more than any other that's come before it.

on 2009-09-07 18:54 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] graydon
I like the two-leaves design quite a bit, but, if it's colour, and it's cheap, it's some sort of active rather than reflective display, so either it's heavy like several bricks or it has the battery life of a desktop replacement laptop, and in either case I would be reluctant to consider it. (Well, either that or ASUS has solved series production for full colour e-paper and are going to smile seraphically as everyone gibbers when the real thing gets out there.)

I have, personally, more hope of utility from the Always Innovating Touch Book, though it's really good to see Asus entering this market.

on 2009-09-08 01:34 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] graydon
If we've very, very lucky, it's cheap because those are new-process plastic substrate OLED colour screens with low power requirements.

Scaling things by random hands is fraught with peril, but that looks like it's got two leaves each about the size of a letter sheet of paper. Which implies something like a 12" display panel at some odd ratio, which to me suggests it either can't be at that price point or it can't have conventional TFT screens in it.

on 2009-09-08 01:29 (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure the Always Innovating folks are going for the "giant phone" approach; there are apps, it's visual, there's no discussion of what's making it all work under there.

On the other hand, the options for running other things on ARM are going to be pretty limited. It's a "I want battery life, dammit" sort of device.

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