January 4, 2011 | by Chris Smith
Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, ASUS had their press event showing off many different flavors of tablets and devices. One of them that sort of got flown over was the 7-inch ASUS Eee Pad MeMo that runs Android and is able to be used with a stylus.
ASUS’ Johnney Shih showed off the device and gave a demo of the stylus capabilities on the touchscreen. There isn’t much we know about the device other than Phandroid is reporting that it is to house a 1GHz Snapdragon processor dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm 8260 processor. They also said that “[they] assume that the touchscreen is resistive”, but it could very well be (read, it better be) capacitive with a capacitive stylus. We are still waiting for a press release to confirm anything and when we get it we will let you know.
I have to say though, after the delusions of the idea of the Microsoft Courier late in 2009, myself and many others want to see some company pull off a full touch and stylus based interface. Seriously, just watch the Courier videos and make the device. Simple, done. I highly doubt that this ASUS device is it, but at least it shows us that with some creativity and usability built in, styli aren’t dead.
Update: There have been some more specs revealed like the screen resolution at 1024×600, a Qualcomm 8260 1.2GHz dual-core processor, dual cameras (front 1.2MP and the rear 5MP), will run Android 3.0, and features an app called Media Note that has “scrap-booking and note-taking capabilities”. Looks like the MeMo may be available this summer. We will see about that.