ASUS has introduced its new e-reader with 8 inches of screen real estate and a stylus for taking notes. today the company’s announcing that it’ll be available to buy this week in its native Taiwan. Even better news is the $230 price tag (NT$6,999), which makes the Eee Note quite the affordable little device.
The company is currently selling the Eee Reader DR-900 which bears a 9-inch digital ink screen and is on sale in Taiwan for NT$11,988 (US$391).
Running on Linux, the 8-inch tablet (1024 x 768 res) is said to be capable of 13.5 hours of uninterrupted use, which doesn’t match the similarly monochromatic e-readers out there but is a decent compromise for the functionality on offer. There is software for Writing notes, drawing, and recording lectures. It also has a 2MP camera and the 3.5mm jack will enable the users to listen to music or lectures.
It is a Wi-Fi enabled device coming with bundled content from local partners in every country in which it is sold. It is equipped with 4GB of internal flash memory and bears a microSD slot for expanding the storage capacity.
Initially, the company will be retailing the device in Taiwan. Hong Kong should be the next market on its global tour, to be followed by Germany, Italy and Russia around the turn of the year and China and the US in Q1 of 2011.