The Amazon Kindle may be sitting pretty as the best-known ebook reader out there right now, but all that could change if some of the new breed of e-ink devices have their way. Computex 2009 has seen a few new designs introduced, often packing various wireless technologies and/or touchscreens. IAC stacks up the wireless, with WiMAX, EVDO and WiFi, while Netronix has been showing multiple sizes from 6-inches through to 9.7-inches.
Video demos after the cut
The Netronix e-readers start at 6-inches, then hit 8-inches and 9.7-inches. The smallest range now also has a touchscreen layer and integrated WiFi; while you may not recognize the Netronix name, you may soon be seeing their wares on shelves, as they’re a major e-reader ODM.
Meanwhile the IAC Prodigy has a 6-inch 800 x 600 touchscreen E Ink display, 2GB of onboard storage and a Marvell PXA310 processor. What makes it special is the range of wireless options, ranging from EVDO Rev.A though WCDMA/HSPA and to WiMAX in various band flavors. There’s also standard WiFi across the range. It’ll apparently hit Taiwan in Q4 2009, no word on pricing.
IAC Prodigy E-Ink E-Reader:
Netronix E-Ink E-Reader: