ASUS have spilled the beans on an upcoming ebook reader, and rather than the typical E Ink panel we're so used to seeing, the ASUS DR-570 ereader will actually use a 6-inch high-brightness OLED panel. Right now all we have is a small image - we're guessing it's a render - together with some basic specifications, but even from that scant information things are looking promising.
According to ASUS, the DR-570 will have both WiFi and 3G, as well as being capable of showing Flash video. It'll also have a battery good for up to 122 hours on a single charge, and that's under real-world conditions with wireless turned on and videos being played, rather than solely monochrome text.
ASUS have slowly been trickling out details on their upcoming tablet strategy over the past few months, with quietly-debuted hardware at trade shows and talk of at least two models sometime in 2010, and now chairman Jonney Shih has thrown some OS talk into the mixture. Speaking to Forbes, Shih confirmed that ASUS will be keeping a foot in both Microsoft's and Google's camps, with at least one machine running either Google Chrome OS or Android and another getting Windows, as they prepare to take on Apple's iPad.
The ASUS DR-950 ereader isn't the DR-570 OLED-lovely we've been hearing about lately, but we won't turn our nose up at a 9-inch E Ink touchscreen and integrated WiFi and HSDPA. So far it's yet to show up for playtime, but ASUS have released a few live images (including some comparison shots with the iPhone) just to prove it's more than a render.
ASUS made little fanfare about their EeePC Touch Series Tablet at CES 2010, leaving it tucked away in a cabinet at NVIDIA's booth, but the latest rumors suggest that they'll be doing all that at Computex 2010 in June. According to DigiTimes' industry sources, the tablet will be known as the Eee Pad and it will indeed use NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset.