The Asus Eee Note is an unusual device which blurs the lines between an eBook reader and a tablet. It has a grayscale screen that makes it look like an eBook reader like the Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook. But it has a high quality digitizer that lets you take notes, draw, and perform precise input with the included stylus and pressure-sensitive touchscreen. The Eee Note also has a 2MP rear-facing camera (which takes color photos that you can’t see on the device itself).
The Eee Note isn’t available in the US yet, but the folks at Netbook News managed to pick one up in Taiwan and replaced the Chinese firmware with an English language ROM. They’ve posted an unboxing and hands-on video which you can check out after the break.
The device has a 768 x 1024 pixel display and comes with a handful of apps including an eReader, music player, calculator, web browser, and dictionary. Because the screen doesn’t actually have an E Ink screen, it has a faster refresh rate than most typical eReaders.
But due to the low power Marvell processor and the grayscale screen, you’re probably not going to want to use the Eee Note for video or other more resource-intensive applications. It does come with a few casual games, though.
Asus says the tablet should be able to get between 10 and 13 hours of battery life. Netbook News says the Eee Note will likely run about $250 when it becomes available in the US.