While nothing is official yet, the company is reportedly considering a budget and premium model of the Eee Reader. Details are slim about what these devices would look like, and the details that have been reported are mostly based on speculation and prototypes. But according to the description from the Times, the premium version looks set to knock the socks off competitors like reader. Asus' top of the line Eee Reader would be a dual screen, full-color device with both screens connected by a hinge to emulate the look and feel of a traditional book. Asus showed off a earlier this year.
But Asus' device may be more than just an e-reader; it will reportedly be able to simultaneously read text on one screen and view a Web page on the other. Dual Web/reading access could be a handy feature for students who want to have an online reading guide open while they study, and every day readers could enhance their understanding of a book by referring to online sources relating to their text.
One of the screens may also have the ability to convert into a touch-based keypad, turning the device into some sort of netbook for easy Web access. Other features include Wi-Fi, speakers, Webcam and microphone. When PC World originally reported on the Eee Reader, there was also the possibility the dual screens could function as one widescreen, the Times report does not mention this functionality. There's also no word on whether the Eee Reader will have 3G capability or how much Asus' premium device would cost.