Asus makes e-reader jump official with DR-900

The Eee PC maker announces a touch-screen, monochrome e-reader with a slim form factor, Wi-Fi connectivity, and optional 3G.

Asus DR-900
The DR-900 has a 9-inch SiPix electronic paper display with 1,024x768 resolution, 150 pixels per inch, and 16 scales of gray. Asus

We've known for a while now that Eee PC maker Asus planned to get in on the e-reader action, and on Tuesday the company made it official by unveiling the DR-900 at the CeBit tech fair in Hannover, Germany.

The DR-900 features a 9-inch, monochrome touch-screen display with a 1,024x768 resolution and boasts a slim form factor (9mm thick--no thicker than a pencil, Asus says). The device has Wi-Fi connectivity and optional 3G, and battery life should let users read 10,000 pages, or 20 400-page novels, on a single charge. The reader supports ePUB, PDF, and TXT file formats, as well as MP3.

The DR-900 comes with 4GB internal memory with an SD card slot and has a 3.5mm headphone jack. It weighs 13 ounces, which makes it a bit lighter than Amazon's rival Kindle DX.

No news yet regarding pricing or release dates for the DR-900. In the meantime, we're still waiting to see Asus' supposed full-color Eee reader that would open like a book.

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