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Old 03-29-2010, 01:12 PM   #1
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Bi Sheng 600TW – new E-reader/Smartphone Hybrid

crossposted from The Digital Reader

I found an interesting new e-reader out of China. They have a fascinating market there; it’s so crowded that developers are trying anything to make their device standout. Bi Sheng has released an e-reader that is basically a smartphone with a 6″ E-ink screen.

I was wondering how long it would take for someone to do this. Given the several devices with 3G and other wireless connections, it seemed to be a rather obvious that it would happen sooner or later.

If you look at the picutre, you might think that this is just another Kindle clone. It’s not, really, because it doesn’t have a full keyboard. Instead it has buttons that you’d find on a phone. This was probably a good decision; the buttons will be bigger and therefore easier to use.

It has Wifi, Bluetooth, and GSM/GPRS/EDGE; it can make calls, send text messages, and browse the web. There is no mention of whether it can read ebooks, or what format it supports.

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Old 03-29-2010, 03:17 PM   #2
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Found out some more info on it.

Support TXT, DOC, XLS, PPT, HTML, PDF and CHM eBook formats (ePub seems to be absent). It measures 4.7 x 7.4 x 0.38 inches and costs 2880 yuan ($422 U.S.).
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An interesting product, albeit probably not one I would be tempted to purchase. Thanks for posting this.
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The 4 items on the screen top to bottom says:
1. Recently read
2. My bookshelf (library)
3. Download books
4. ET (?) Book search
The 4 buttons below the screen says, from left to right:
1. Mobile phone use
2. Network use
3. Supplementary functions
4. System settings
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The 4 items on the screen top to bottom says:
1. Recently read
2. My bookshelf (library)
3. Download books
4. ET (?) Book search
The 4 buttons below the screen says, from left to right:
1. Mobile phone use
2. Network use
3. Supplementary functions
4. System settings
Thanks, Polyglot27.
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This makes sense as a phone only if the screen is foldout. I can't even see myself using this with a headset to make a call, it's just too big.
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