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Old 05-05-2008, 09:46 AM   #1
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New hardware and software

The latest news from Bookeen (via their blog) states that not only has the software been updated but also the hardware. Maybe the navigation button is easier to use.

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Monday, May 5, 2008
With this new batch, Bookeen has introduced some hardware and software improvements in Cybook. These elements will be explained and developed in a future post.
No mention of when existing users will get the new software.

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Old 05-05-2008, 10:24 AM   #2
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Most frustrating. It's like being a kid and being shown a wrapped package and being told "not for two weeks". Argggh......
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:28 AM   #3
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It’s been 6 months that we brought the Cybook Gen3 to you. Even with being 4 time out-of-stock, we do continue to share with you the same passion for digital reading. Today, we are excited to announce that Cybook is in stock and ready for shipment within 14 business days.

With this new batch, Bookeen has introduced some hardware and software improvements in Cybook. These elements will be explained and developed in a future post.

Thanks for all your support during this first half of year!

Enjoy your reading with the Cybook.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:35 AM   #4
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Well spotted! Thanks!
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:37 AM   #5
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I understand that due to hardware changes, new firmware will only be installable on Cybooks from this new batch?
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:43 AM   #6
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I understand that due to hardware changes, new firmware will only be installable on Cybooks from this new batch?
Please don't spread misinformation. Bookeen have publically stated that there will be a new firmware release for existing Gen3s - look at their blog!
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:02 PM   #7
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Yes, but nevertheless pretty disappointing Bookeen shows again more priority for selling new devices instead of finishing their software update for existing owners.
And, as I read it Krystian only writes something as his interpretation, you cannot judge that as misinformation!
As a matter of fact I was so astonished to see this new blog entry, that I got more or less the same impression.

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Old 05-05-2008, 12:08 PM   #8
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I agree with you - it's VERY disappointing.
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:17 PM   #9
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I agree with you - it's VERY disappointing.
I am so thrilled to note that we at NAEB - supposedly a valued reseller for Bookeen - have not had a clue this was happening.

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Old 05-05-2008, 12:22 PM   #10
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Anyone care to speculate what's changed in the hardware? My guess would be more memory and a faster CPU.
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:53 PM   #11
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I would guess that the HW changes are in exterior like buttons.

As long as the HW changes are for the better I think that this is a smart move by Bookeen since there are some shortcomings in the current UI that it would not make sense to reproduce in too many batches.

Hopefully for the current owners (me included) the improvements will not make it necessary with different firmware versions for the gen 3 and the gen 3.1.
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Old 05-05-2008, 03:58 PM   #12
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I would guess that the HW changes are in exterior like buttons.
Possible but doubtful. More likely nothing in the exterior case size or tooling/buttons has been changed. Instead existing parts will have been updated... like someone said above. Possibilities...

More NAND memory build in
Possible support for SDHC cards
Faster processor
New eInk controller (Epson thing?)
Better material for case and/or better finish

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I don't know what the hardware will be, but I have a guess. We know that the Cybook is essentially the same as Netronix Linux based 6" reader. I bet Derek already has the next gen Cybook sitting next to his current one.
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I don't know what the hardware will be, but I have a guess. We know that the Cybook is essentially the same as Netronix Linux based 6" reader. I bet Derek already has the next gen Cybook sitting next to his current one.
No, that would be the EB-200/210! And Netronix isn't taking orders for those just yet.

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Old 05-05-2008, 04:37 PM   #15
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New Hardware - Netronix device

I have ordered my CyBook Gen3 last Tuesday with justread.de - still waiting.

Looking at the Netronix specs of their reader (DS-EB-100) you see the following differences:

Gen 3: Samsung® S3C2410 ARM920T 200MHz
Netronix: Samsung S3C2440 AM9 400MHz

Gen3 Size: 188 x 118 x 8.5 mm, weight: 174g
Netronix: 198mm(H)x128mm(W)x9mm(D), weight: 210g

Gen3: 166 dpi
Netronix: 170dpi

Gen3: SD Card up to 2GB
Netronix: SD Card (expandable to 4GB (SDHC ?))

Larger memory in the Netronix.

Of course I have no hint the netronix device is in fact the CyBook Gen3.1 but it sounds like a more powerful device, 20% heavyier and 20% larger.

Should the Netronix be in fact the CyBook Gen3.1 I have to say I am a little disappointed should I receive the 'old' version (which will be the case).

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