Readius. So, the famed e-paper device is apparently finally in production, but as a mobile phone, and a full year after first being shown off in prototype form. The HSDPA tri-band handset with MP3 player, Bluetooth, SD slot and a whopping 5 inch greyscale e-paper display also comes with a super long battery life of around 30 hours *in use*, which the company says is equal to 10 days between battery charges, which must make it a serious contender in the e-book reader market.
The only real downer is the fact that they didn’t or couldn’t add in a web browser, which is a disaster. They could have written even a really simple one so you could do searches and basic surfing and it would have made the specs almost perfect. Ah well, version 1.2? No price set as yet, although they’re saying it will be about the same as a ‘high end’ phone. [Via Gizmodo]
The exclusive Readius exploits the versatility of rollable displays to merge the ‘reading friendly’ strengths of ereaders with the ‘high mobility’ features of mobile phones. With a display larger than the device itself, and designed around ‘ease of use’ and mobility, Readius is optimised for reading for 30 hours without battery charge. The 3G HSDPA tri-band phone allows worldwide calls and high speed instant updates from personally selected news sources, special services and email. The Micro SD High Capacity storage ensures easy access to other favorite information and eBooks. Readius also features phone as well as audio capabilities (such as MP3) for podcasts, audio books and music.