Asus 8″ eeeTablet now $300, not $599

It looks like the Digitmes story I brought you a few days ago might be wrong. PCWorld are reporting that the Asus eeeTablet will be out in October for $300.

Asustek Computer plans to launch its long awaited Eee Tablet with an 8-inch LCD touchscreen in October for around US$300, though prices vary by market.

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The Eee Tablet will run a Linux OS, but not Google's Android mobile operating system, which has long been the rumor. The Linux distribution on board was developed by Asustek, said Jerry Shen, CEO of Asustek, speaking with reporters after the conference.

He said the Eee Tablet name may also be changed to Eee Note. Asustek does not want people to confuse the product with tablet PCs.

The Eee Tablet has three key functions aimed at school students: the ereader, note taking and Internet browsing.

Asustek added writing software to the Eee Tablet so users can take notes with a stylus on the touchscreen, and onboard software digitizes those notes. The company also included a 2-megapixel camera to the device so students can take pictures of a teacher's whiteboard instead of having to write so much. It also includes a digital audio recorder to record lectures.

That's a relief. I was wondering what drugs they were on. There's no way the eeeTablet could survive at $600. Even $300 is a stretch. By the time October rolls around we'll see several decent competitors in that price range.

Also, I for one kept getting the eeeTablet confused with the eeePad. That was not a good name choice.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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