Asus has announced the launch of a new device, the EA800, that takes the form of a digital notepad and can double as an electronic reader, one which comes with a stylus that can be used to write on its (resistive) screen.
The gadget weighs only 520g and is a mere 11mm thick; it has a 8-inch 1024x768 pixels screen (same resolution as the iPad) that can display 64 shades of grey and 4GB onboard storage (expandable to 20GB with an additional 16GB microSD card).
Asus says that there's a 3700mAh battery which we are dubious about; the battery capacity of the Kindle 2 is about half that of the EA800 and a 3700mAh weighs a lot. That said, the EA800 includes Wi-Fi, a microUSB port, a 2-megapixel camera and an estimated battery life of 13.5 hours.
The digital notebook is bundled with the excellent EverNote software, supports a wealth of file formats (but not Flash understandably) and will also do voice recording on demand. As for the stylus, it is manufactured by tablet maker Wacom and supports 256 levels or pressure sensitivity.