I was working my way through my search bots this morning when I noticed one rather odd little detail. A spam blog had puked up another post on one of Asus’ ereaders, and while the post isn’t worth mentioning, the ereaders name caught my eye.
Back in January 2010 Asus briefly showed off the DR-570, a new ereader. All the tech bloggers oohed and awed over it and the 6″ or 5.7″ (1024×768 resolution) OLED screen. (Later reports give it the smaller screen size.) It was supposed tobe released in late 2010, but it never showed up.
I’m pretty sure it does have a 5.7″ screen; it fits better with the name. Asus like to put the screen size into the name of their ereaders. The EA800 has an 8″ screen, and the DR-900 has a 9″ screen. Edit: I relaized after writing this post that both of Asus’ current ereaders have a new and unusual screen. That would suggest that the 570 also had an unusual screen.
But 5.7″ is a rather curious screen size, isn’t it? Why would someone make an OLED screen that size? Okay, I can find references to that screen size, but I can’t find that any is actually using it.
You can get a Mirasol screen with those dimensions and resolution, though.
I think Asus laid their first Mirasol ebook reader right under our noses and no one noticed. I don’t have any proof, but the circumstantial evidence is intriguing:
- It has the same screen dimensions and resolution as Mirasol
- No one has actually laid hands on it
- it was due out in late 2010 (like Mirasol), but was delayed (like Mirasol)
BTW, you might recall that I predicted back in April that Asus were a likely Mirasol partner. I still don’t have any proof, but you have to admit that it’s a pretty compelling argument.