Asustek will launch an eReader dubbed the Eee Tablet for the US market in October 2010 at a price point “below $599,” according to the DigiTimes, citing sources from the company. In addition, Asustek — better known as Asus — is currently negotiating with mobile carriers for a cellular connection for the device, similar to the Kindle and Nook 3G.
The Eee Tablet was first unveiled at Computex with a scheduled release date of September 2010 and price between $200 and $300. Asus could be negotiating with the mobile carriers for a subsidy to hit that price point.
The only specs revealed in the report were an eight-inch 64-grayscale TFT LCD touchscreen with no backlight. The device shown at Computex supported pen input. This screen technology is similar to the Aluratek Libre’s display and differs from eInk.
It’s extremely tough to believe the Eee Tablet will hit the market at a price anywhere near $599 given the current eReader price war. The Libre currently costs $120, and both the Kindle and Nook currently cost less than $200.
Update: Slashgear and others are reporting that Asus has confirmed the release date.