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Old 04-11-2008, 02:23 PM   #8
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The website is about our Security Cameras. We are putting up the news about the eBook devices. Sorry for the delay.

The Astak Mentor eBook devices come in 5 inch, 6 inch, and 9.7 inch. Let's use the 6 inch as an example.

It weighs 7 oz and has measurements of 7.5" by 4.75" by only .35 inches thick (WOW). It has a stereo headphone jack, uses Li-ion 3.7V battery, and lasts for 8000 pages on one charge. It takes a 4GB SD card for extra memory. It uses E-ink technology with an 800 x 600 pixels. 170 dpi, B&W, 4 grayscale.

The price for this is expected just under $200 (YES, THAT IS $200). The 5 inch model will be priced at about $159. The processor is the Samsung S3C2443 at 400 MHz. The formats are not yet set. We know it will have eReader and books can easily be downloaded from Fictionwise. We are negotiating with Mobipocket/Amazon but they want exclusivity. It will, of course, also have TXT, PDF, RTF, HTML/CHM. Amazon seems to want to take over the world and we are trying to deal fairly but leave formats open. The Mentor will play stereo music, do slide shows, and much more.

Optional on it will be Touchscreen and WiFi 808.11g. Many, many of you have wanted this WiFi instead of WhisperNet from what we have heard. It will have auto shut-off and many more features. I work for Astak but am pretty new to MobileRead Forums so apologize if I am missing anything here.

All three of these devices will be unveiled at the IDPF Trade Show in New York on May 14. These units are the result of the joining of forces between a panel manufacturer, an electronics manufacturer, and the Astak sales and support staff.

Bob
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