Asus Lays Claim to First 9-Inch Touchscreen eBook Reader

Paul Lilly

Have you been holding out for a 9-inch eBook reader with a full-size touchscreen? If so, maybe the new Asus Eee Reader DR900 is exactly what you had in mind.

Asus says it's the first of its kind, pointing out not only that it does touch, but offers 2.25 times the reading area when compared to 6-inch eBook devices.

The D900 is less than 10mm thick, weighs 440g, and comes with 2GB of internal storage, enough to hold up to 5,000 eBooks. And you can always add more via the SD card slot. As for battery life, Asus promises up to two weeks on a single charge, which depending on your reading speed is time enough to read 20 books back-to-back.

There's a virtual keyboard included with the capacitive touchscreen, which can be used to annotate reading material, make handwritten notes, and draw sketches, Asus says.

Unfortunately, Asus didn't disclose a price point or release date, so who knows if they'll pump this out in time for the holidays.

Image Credit: Asus

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