I can’t decide if I’m excited or baffled by this news, but Digitimes reports that the Asus Eee Tablet will hit the streets this October for under $599. While that would be a pretty high price for a full color Android-powered tablet at a time when Apple is selling the entry level iPad for $499, the Eee Tablet isn’t a full color Android tablet. That’s the Asus Eee Pad, which may not be available until early next year.
No, the Eee Tablet is an 8 inch device with a grayscale touchscreen display. Asus is positioning it as an eBook reader and note-taking device. It has a faster refresh rate than most eBook readers, at just 0.1 secondsseconds. But the LCD display, which can handle 64 shades of gray doesn’t hav the same high contrast ration and outdoor readability of an e-Ink display.
And with a price that could be as a high as $599, I’m not really sure why anyone would pick up an Eee Tablet instead of a cheaper iPad, Android tablet, or dedicated eBook reader like the Nook or Kindle — all of which could be cheaper.
Of course, it’s possible that Digitimes is way off on the price or other details. We can only hope.