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Old 05-11-2006, 10:04 AM   #1
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Hitachi surprises with Albirey e-paper display

Oh goodie, what a big day. While most of us are still contemplating whether to get the Sony Reader or iRex iLiad, Hitachi silently emerges from their dugout and announces the Albirey eBook reader display (remains to be seen if this device can be used as a dedicated e-book reader). Details are still scarce, but Engadget was able to decipher a Japanese report and discovered that the reader is not based on E Ink technology but on technology from Bridgestone. Like the iLiad, it also features WiFi 802.11b connectivity. No further info available, at least nothing that could be described as meaningful.

Edit: I believe the screen is only two-scale, black and white, with a color version expected to arrive in 2007.

Edit 2: Discoverd this PDF (in Japanese) describing the reader and also the distribution system. Anyone familiar with the language care to translate for us?

Edit 3: Daniel sent in more details (thanks!):
  • Measurement: 222.6289.23.7mm
  • CPU: H8S/2215 (16bit/16MHz)
  • Memory: Flash 8MB
  • Power: Lithium polymer (3.7V)
  • Display size: 13.1", 2-scale monochrome
  • Resolution: XGA (1024768 dot)
  • Contrast: 1:7
  • WiFi: IEEE802.11b
So what do you think, will this change your decision which e-book reader to buy next?

Related: Hitachi joins the league of e-paper manufacturers

[via Engadget]
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