Out of nowhere, Asus has announced two promising eBook readers. The first had an OLED screen. And now their second reader, the DR-950, promises less color but still appears to be at least a generation beyond any Kindle.

Just look at the screen to case ration of the DR-950—it's within reason, like a painting wrapped with a frame. That's a 9-inch, 1024×768 display in the middle, yet the DR-950 manages to be but .35-inches thick.

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Inside, the 950 houses anywhere from 2-4GB of storage, an SD card slot, Wi-Fi and HSDPA, the potential for WiMax, 3.5mm headphone jack and USB.

The system's software supports text to speech, RSS and a nice mix of codecs including PDF, ePub and HTML.

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No word on price/availability, but from the looks of it, the DR-950 could belong in our Ultimate eBook Reader Guide. Now the 950 just needs to actually get itself released. [ElectricPig]