Foxit have launched a new ebook reader, and while it may lack the wireless connectivity of Amazon’s Kindle or the brand cachet of Sony’s Reader, its hoping to carve out a niche by virtue of its low price. Based around a 6-inch 166dpi E Ink Vizplex display running at 600 x 800 resolution and capable of displaying four levels of greyscale, the eSlick measures just 0.4-inch thick and weighs a mere 6.4oz including the battery.
Both PDF and TXT files are natively supported, and Foxit include a licence of their PDF Creator software so that document that can be printed can be converted for viewing on the eSlick. Audio files are also supported, in MP3 format, and the eSlick has 128MB of internal memory which can be augmented via the included 2GB SD card (up to 4GB cards compatible).
Three colors are available – black, white and grey – and the whole thing measures just 7.4 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches. The battery is said to last for up to 8,000 page turns before needing recharging. It’s currently available to preorder, priced at $229.99 (MRSP $259.99), and expected to begin shipping in 5-7 weeks.