Engadgets unveils a new, fancy e-book reader equipped with a color OLED display, wireless connectivity and a 5-days lasting battery manufactured by Asus.
According to the popular websites, the e-book reader will sport a 6″ display and
will play back Flash video, includes WiFi and 3G, and supposedly can last for 122 hours on one charge [...] It’s supposed to be released by the end of the year.
Egadgets reports that the Asus DR-570 has more, appealing features which include storage, applications, bundled services, and multimedia capabilities:
We now know that in addition to WiFi, 3G, and 122-hour real world battery life, we can expect lightning quick 0.03 second page turns (that’s about 23 times faster than the Kindle and its peers as you’d expect from a non E Ink display), 124 x 170 x 8.8-mm / 200-g footprint, 4GB of onboard storage with SDHC expansion, 512MB of SDRAM, and 1,530mAh battery. It also brings a built-in RSS reader, audio/video/Flash player, text to speech engine (presumably the Svox like the DR-950), and built-in web browser when it hits before the end of the year. There’s also a hint of online video streaming support via Amazon video on demand, 3D gaming and navigation (picture Blio page turning emulation), “One stop shopping for books, video, music,” and explicit support for ePub, PDF, txt, MP3, MP4, and AVI content formats.
Kindle and simlar e-book readers brought by Sony, Samsung and other CE giants have already introduced a new and strong paradigm shift in content consumption and will be capable to dramatically affect the publishing (newspapers, books) industry and ecosystems.
A color display and serious hardware improvements can really change users’ attitudes and beahviours not only in reading books and documents but also in consuming multimedia files such as movies, audio tracks and full color multimedia news. Plus, we expect that an increasing number of people, specially frequent travellers, executives and heavy readers, will benefit from a lightweight, connected multimedia device which can show news, stories, RSS feeds, pictures, and videos without draining the battery in one hour. On top of the hardware features and the usage considerations, there are some more questions that we should answer in the next weeks: which impact will the color e-book reader have on the media industry? Will they be a niche gadget or replace full color magazines in news stands? Are e-book readers the next generation of netbooks and multimedia internet connected devices?