Taiwanese powerhouse Asus is looking to launch an e-book reader as part of the EEE family which not only comes with two screens but could also be sold for as little as £100 (albeit a single screen version).
According to the Times Online, the company is mulling plans to release two devices that could potentially challenge Amazon's Kindle as well as other e-books sold by other companies like Sony or Cool-er.
The first one would be a tablet like device selling for £100, possibly based on an ARM platform, with a monochrome screen and devoid of any high end features to keep prices low, below the symbolic £100 barrier.
The other more expensive version would likely come with two screens, possibly in colour, that would also have a foldable spine. It would allow users to surf on one screen and view something else on another.
It is also likely that the reader could pivot in landscape with the second screen being used as a virtual keyboard (assuming the screen will be a touchscreen one). Asus has also confirmed that it may feature "speakers, a webcam and a mic for Skype" plus 3G connectivity and a full web-browser.
Furthermore, Asus has not said whether it will be using the more frugal e-ink technology as opposed to the traditionally more power hungry LCD for the E-book. This is vital as current e-books can last weeks between charges. Expect both devices to be available before the end of the year.
So that's the plan, to get a smartbook in the form of an e-book! There is absolutely no way that Asus will use a netbook as the template to build this e-book readers for a number of reasons. On the other hand, it is nice to see that the double screen reader actually comes from the WePC.com website.