Astri MID mini dual-display Android ebook reader [Video]

Jan 18, 2010
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The Entourage eDGe dual-display clamshell netbook is great, if you don't mind toting a rucksack all the time, but what if you'd prefer something a little more pocket-friendly?  Tucked away at CES 2010 was Astri's E Ink ereader, an Android-based mini-me version of the eDGe with a 5-inch Wacom touchscreen epaper panel on the left and a 4.8-inch WVGA LCD touchscreen on the right.

Video demo after the cut

Like the eDGe, the Astri device - which appears to be called the MID, or My Interactive Device, just to confuse things - is targeted at the education market.  It's based on an unspecified Marvell chipset (in fact was on display at the Marvell booth) and is currently a reference design being shopped around to OEM/ODM customers.

Basically, you can read ebooks and other documentation on the E Ink panel, making annotations and notes with the Wacom active digitizer, while navigating the Android LCD display on the other side for web access, multimedia and email/IM.  No final word on connectivity, but this is a far more portable device than other similar form-factors we've seen.

[via ARMdevices]


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