Reading the signs
At the first press event of CES, ASUS stressed its heritage as an innovator. While we're surprised to see it beaten to the ARM-based notebook punch by quite a few OEM, the kudos of being the netbook pioneer remains.
ASUS has decided to go public on is its e-reader plans, which are extensive. Sometime after CeBIT, ASUS will be launching what it's calling the world's first nine inch touch eBook reader - the DR-950.
It doesn't have a hardware keyboard, so it's thinner and lighter than Amazon's Kindle, but it does have a software one and can recognize handwriting. It also has a text-to-speech functionality.
The nine inch monochrome screen has a resolution of 1024x768. It has 802.11g, HSPA and WiMAX connectivity options and can be used in portrait or landscape alignment to better view web pages. There will also be a six inch variant launched, hopefully not long after.