There's little doubt that Asus has done some sterling work developing the low-cost mass market netbooks that are a necessity for mobile broadband to flourish. I suspect they'll have another winner on their hands with the T91, unless price ends up being too high because they've jammed it so full of features. I won't bore you with all the details (you can find them here), but as a flavour, it features a touch screen, embedded GPS, a TV tuner, WiMAX and a swivel display.
But, haven't we heard this all somewhere before? It's a combination of the iPhone and Nokia's N77, albeit rather larger, with WiMAX thrown into the mix. As such, Asus seems to be approaching the smartphone market from a different angle. Priced sub-€500 and with an operator subsidy it almost represents a threat to the smartphone market. Slim it down a little more and work on the form factor and we could see some damage done to the smartphone market as people opt for a simple voice phone and a webbook. With regard to the inclusion of WiMAX, we'll wait with bated breath to see if there will be an embedded HSPA version. It would seem inevitable.
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