Laptop manufacturer Asus has produced the first dedicated Skype videophone.
The ‘Eee Videophone’ offers free internet video calling without the need for a computer. It has a seven inch display, webcam, speaker, headphone jack, microphone and built-in rechargeable battery.
It connects via both Wi-Fi and fixed internet.
Review samples of the device will be released in May. It can be pre-ordered from Amazon or Skype’s online shop, priced around £219.95.
Users can subscribe to one of Skype’s unlimited calling subscriptions or purchase Skype credit to make outgoing calls at www.skype.com.
Skype director of business development and product management for consumer electronics Manrique Brenes said: “With more than 25 per cent of Skype-to-Skype calls including video, we know that video calling is an easy, accessible and relevant way for people to communicate. The videophone offers the benefits of video calling to a much wider audience, allowing friends and families to share their worlds face-to-face without being tied to a computer.”