iriver's Story ebook reader has gone up for preorder, priced at the equivalent of around $281. Set to begin shipping on October 6th, the Story has a 6-inch E-Ink display, QWERTY keyboard and an SD card slot; iriver supply a 2GB card with the device, along with a case and two free ebook downloads.
iriver's latest product is out, and unlike their more traditional range of PMPs they've branched off into "eco-friendly bike navigation". The iriver NV mini bike edition is a sliced-down version of their NV classic, keeping the touchscreen, GPS and media playback but dropping the integrated DMB TV tuner.
The few live images of iriver's new ebook reader, the sensibly-named Story, whet our appetite; now German site Heise have had the chance to go hands-on with the Kindle-esque device. Unfortunately they've also found that, right now, a WiFi-equipped model is merely "planned", while a 3G version only "conceivable" if iriver can find a suitable mobile module.
Images of iriver's new ebook reader, the Story, have emerged, together with partial specifications for the 6-inch E Ink device. As well as having a full QWERTY keyboard and a memory card slot content with up to 32GBs, the Story is compatible with PDF, epub, txt, ppt, doc, xls and other ebook formats without requiring their conversion.
iriver's E30 PMP has begun to show up in the wild over in China, with PConline unboxing and briefly playing with the iPod nano rival. A minimally-designed 89.9 x 42 x 9.8 mm slab, with a 1.8-inch LCD display and 52hr audio-playback battery life, the E30 is yet to make an official appearance on iriver's site.
iriver's latest PMP, the E200, has been detailed on the company's site, and while it may lack a terribly-fashionable OLED display or support for Bluetooth headphones, it does look a solid, serviceable little chap. The E20 is available in 4, 8 and 16GB capacities, with a microSD slot content with up to 8GB cards, and measures just 10mm thick.
Details of iriver's upcoming range have leaked, courtesy of an Australian distributor, including such fancies as an Android-based iPod touch rival, an ebook reader and an internet tablet. The iriver K2 is expected to launch in 2010, with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, integrated WiFi and Bluetooth and a digital TV tuner; it will also, according to C.R. Kennedy iriver product manager Danny Bejanoff, use Google's open-source Android OS.
Apple, Microsoft, Bang & Olufsen and iriver are among the defendants named by Tsera LLC, a company claiming to own a touchpad patent which has been vigorously infringed. The lawsuit concerns Tsera's patent "Methods and apparatus for controlling a portable electronic device using a touchpad", and basically describes recognizing different touchpad swipes without requiring visual feedback.