In May, ASUS announced that it was going to release an amalgam of a notepad and e-Reader tentatively named the Eee Tablet. The details of just such a device have now emerged, although the company is now calling it the Eee Note EA800. The 8-inch glass touchscreen display is said to be ultra-sensitive to pressure from a stylus input, with the monochrome screen image remaining clear even in bright sunlight. It supports all of the main e-Book formats as well as Microsoft Office documents, benefits from wireless connectivity and has quite an impressive battery life.
ASUS has revealed that the 139 x 222.4 x 11mm (5.47 x 8.75 x 0.43-inch) Eee Note EA800 will have 4GB of onboard solid state storage with microSD card expansion, a built-in voice recorder, 2 megapixel camera and will run on the Linux operating system. As promised in May, the device's non-backlit, 8-inch glass display benefits from 64 shades of gray and a resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels. It will also features 256 levels of pressure sensitivity for capturing detailed sketches and handwritten notes with 2540dpi accuracy.
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As you might expect, the notepad/e-Reader is able to get online wirelessly via 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and directly to other devices via USB. Audio is delivered by a 1W mono speaker or 3.5mm headphone jack. ASUS says that users can expect a 13.5 hour battery life with wireless connectivity turned off and 10 with it on, with 10 days on standby. All of the usual document format is present with txt, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt and pptx also putting in an appearance.
There's no word on price or availability just yet, but the Eee Note EA800 is unlikely to be as cheap as the Boogie Board LCD note pad, although it does offer a good deal more functionality. Those wanting GPS, 3G and a color display at the sacrifice of screen size might find the E-KING S700 more suitable.View gallery - 5 images