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ASUS e-readers to involve dual screens, color

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Mon September 7, 2009

ASUS reader to get two screens, color

ASUS' promised e-book reader debut should not only involve more than one model but could represent a number of rarities or even firsts for the technology. While the mentioned Eee-branded reader would be basic and trade on its price -- an estimate has it costing as little as $164 -- ASUS chief Jerry Shen told the Times a second upscale model would have two color touchscreens and fold like a real book to give users two pages of content at once. It may also have basics like speakers and a webcam to provide simple audio and video conversations online.

This last mention implies Internet access, though whether this would involve just Wi-Fi or a 3G connection isn't stated. Amazon and Sony both have free 3G on at least one model each for buying and downloading books. However, the reader may share its roots in the dual-screen device shown by ASUS as one of the results of its WePC user-designed hardware contest.

The first reader is due by the end of the year, but the more advanced version doesn't have a specified release date.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. Bearcat

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

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    Might be first in production, but not first to thi

    This sounds and looks very much like John Sculley's (then CEO of Apple) brainchild of the Knowledge Navigator. He thought that up over 20 years ago and had everything this e-reader might have. The only problem was that the technology didn't exist then. It just wasn't possible yet.

  1. Feathers

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    Joined: Oct 1999


    makes you wonder

    It makes you wonder whether Apple's rumoured amazing new device will be a single surface tablet or some form of clamshell. They do have a patent for a contextual keyboard that is ideally suited to the idea of a touch controlled device with no clicky buttons!

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