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ASUS set to storm eBook reader market

by Stevie Smith - Jan 25 2010, 17:28

ASUS looking to take a bite out of the eBook pie. Image: ASUS/Trusted Reviews.

Considering the influence of ASUS when it comes to notebook and Netbook computer systems, itís perhaps no surprise to learn that the heavyweight Taiwanese hardware manufacturer is readying to elbow itself a little space in the burgeoning electronic book reader market.

More pointedly, the diligent news hounds over at Trusted Reviews have been fortunate enough to score a selection of official snapshots of the upcoming ASUS DR-950, which is set to join the e-reader sector alongside the likes of Amazonís Kindle and Barnes & Nobleís Nook.

Looking not dissimilar from existing eBook platforms, the DR-950 comes equipped with a generous 9-inch grey-scale display (at 1024 x 768), 4GBs of expandable data storage (via an SD memory card), a touch-screen user interface, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, and an on-board Web browser.

Other contributing factors crammed into the little DR-950 include support for 26 different languages, an on-screen keyboard, handwriting recognition, a text-to-speech function, an integrated dictionary, stereo speakers, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and file support for Audible, MP3, PDF, TXT and unprotected ePub.

Although Taipei-based ASUS has not yet divulged all-important price point information and regional availability regarding the DR-950, Trusted Reviews suggests the device will carry a price of around 250 GBP in the UK and is likely to hit the market this coming April.

News of the DR-950 arrives shortly after the emergence of the ASUS DR-570 eBook reader, which differs from the DR-950 insofar as it reportedly carries a 6-inch colour OLED display.

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