Asus will be launching an e-book reader that with an 8-inch 64-greyscale TFT-LCD screen all for under$599 this October. The company has indicated that they are in talks with mobile telecom carriers over bundle sales. The LCD panel has been designed specifically to improve reflection according to Digitimes Research analyst, Mingchi Kuo. Now while the new reader offers a fast response time, it still cannot compare to e-paper in terms of aspect ratio and reflective performance according to Kuo.
Kuo also went on to say that Asus currently has no support for its e-book reader and that its price is a lot higher than the Kindle and its competitors currently in the market. Companies like Asus should be more concerned about making a competitor to the iPad as no one has really stepped their game up. Everyone caught a glimpse of Microsoft Courier right? I can’t imagine that selling a competing tablet device would prove to be much of a challenge as any company (Dell, I’m looking in your direction) could shoddily throw together some sort of a tablet with flash and other basic compatibilities the iPad is missing and market the hell out of it. It might be too early to make a speculation like this, but I feel like there won’t be much of a future left for laptops.