ASUS HAS CONFIRMED to the INQUIRER that it will add an e-book reader to its portfolio, whilst MSI has also confirmed to us that it is "looking into the e-book reader market".
Dodgytimes has reported that Asus president Jerry Shen said it'll have an e-book reader in its Eee PC range for Christmas.
We got in touch with our contact inside Asus where the story was confirmed. It's just one of the concepts to come out of Asus's WePc.com initiative, apparently. That's a community design website with the tagline ‘You Dream it, Asus Builds it, with Intel inside" - all of which speaks for itself.
This could very well mean the ‘EeeBook' will be powered by an Intel processor, seeing as how it is the key partner in the programme.
MSI also backed up the Dodgytimes piece by telling us it is evaluating the e-book market at this time; that's as far as it has gone toward confirming any product news.
This comes in a week where Sony has updated its range of e-book readers and opened them up to many file formats.
It's well known that Asus and MSI play a game of oneupmanship with each other in their product lineups. Expect an America-Russian style space race game ahead for the ultimate feature laden e-book reader to hit Christmas 2009. µ
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