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Old 04-20-2007, 10:58 AM   #1
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Fujitsu FLEPia - world's first e-reader with color e-paper

Fresh into our tattle box, an anonymous MobileReader tips us to the fact that Fujitsu has readied the FLEPia device: the world's first e-reader that's based on flexible electronic paper capable of displaying color images.

The juicy details:
  • Resolution: 768x1024 (XGA)
  • Colors: 8 or 4,096 (depending on the mode; 8 colors refresh in 2s; 4,096 colors refresh in 10s)
  • Size: 210x304x12mm (A4), 158x240x12mm (A5)
  • Thickness 12mm
  • Weight: 480g (A4), 320g (A5)
  • Body colors: White pearl, pink pearl, silver
  • Features: Touch panel, scroll button, six function buttons
  • OS: MS Windows CE5.0
  • Security: AES-128
  • CPU: Intel XScale
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11b/g
  • SD Card
  • USB 2.0
  • Stereo speaker built-in, head phone connector
  • Lithium polymer battery with 50 hours runtime

No word on pricing or availability. But if you happen to be around Tokyo on May 17th or 18th, make sure to visit the Fujitsu Forum and fetch us the details!

Update: Check out the replies for more photos and the official press release.

Related: Fujitsu first to give us e-paper in color?
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:04 AM   #2
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http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/ebooks/fu...ook-253921.php

says the prices are $12,685 for the A5 and $21,137 for the A4
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[url]...says the prices are $12,685 for the A5 and $21,137 for the A4
That-just-doesn't-sound-right. I mean I could buy a freaking 65-inch Plasma TV for this (and still save a couple of grants)...
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:08 AM   #4
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The price is crazy. And 10secs for 4,096 ? This product should stay in a lab for a while...
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I cannot believe the price either.

Btw, the Gizmodo article has a real photo of the device (in both sizes)... the A4 looks lovely to me.
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More info:

In japanese:

http://www.frontech.fujitsu.com/release/prs070420.html

Automatic japanese-english translation courtesy of excite.co.jp (the one I use for reading japanese pages; it does a reasonable work):

http://www.excite-webtl.jp/world/eng...=JAEN&wb_dis=2

The (very high) prices they quote in the press release are for product samples, not the final retail price.
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And here some more photos (attached).

Official prices:
A5 type: 1,575,000 Yen
A4 type: 2,625,000 Yen
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Ok extra details:
About the runtime:
"Contents of 50 hours can be displayed by one charge work. (When the contents display interval is assumed to be one minute, and you display the color image of eight colors by 3,000 pages. )。"

Sales goals and release time:
"The sample sales in fiscal year 2007 schedule 1,000(It is 200 during month).
The canvass for sale in the general sale and all parts of the world is begun in fiscal year 2008, and I will aim at the total sales 10 billion yen by the end of fiscal year 2010."

And hopefully, these are not the real prices, just the product sample price. But I guess we'll have to expect something expensive too for the real product. They say that you have to buy at least 10 sample devices if you want one. Maybe the sample price is for 10 devices ?

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Man, that A4 looks huge!
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Am I the first to notice? ... "OS: MS Windows CE5.0" - You pay extra for a license and you'll be condemned to use Windows.
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Am I the first to notice? ... "OS: MS Windows CE5.0" - You pay extra for a license and you'll be condemned to use Windows.
Ok, this explains why it's probably more expensive than the Reader
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another pictures from itmedia japan

first one: displaying sample coupon in color

second: screen keyboard
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