We spotted Verizon's new E Ink feature-phone, the Samsung Zeal, getting a premature preview earlier today, but the carrier has now come clean on the dual-hinge handset. Like the Alias 2 before it, the Samsung Zeal has a full QWERTY keyboard which uses E Ink keys; that allows the layout to change according to what app is running and which way around the handset is being held.
E Ink has officially announced their color e-paper display, E Ink Triton, as used in the Hanvon color ereader shown yesterday. Hardware details for the Triton display are sparse, but it's known to support 16 levels of greyscale along with "thousands" of colors via a filter layer on top.
Looks like the rumors about the Samsung Zeal were true; the dual-hinge messaging handset has seemingly been prematurely tipped by a third-party news service used by Verizon. The press release itself has been pulled, and there's no mention of the Zeal on Verizon's own press pages at the moment, but we did come across a 360-degree viewer which shows the front of the handset.
The Sony Reader Daily Edition has finally gone on sale, offering integrated WiFi and AT&T 3G access as well as a 7-inch E Ink display with touchscreen. Announced back in September, the Reader Daily Edition is the largest of Sony's latest range of ereaders, and is priced at $299 with 2GB of onboard storage.
Hanvon look likely to be the first company to launch a color ereader based on an e-paper display rather than an LCD. According to the New York Times, the Chinese company will unveil its so-far unnamed ereader device at the FPD International 2010 tradeshow in Tokyo, complete with a 9.68-inch color e-paper screen from industry heavyweight E Ink.
E Ink had previously promised that their color e-paper screens should be available by the end of 2010, though the Hanvon model will miss that launch window. Instead it's expected to arrive in China in March 2011 - we're guessing it'll be brought to CES 2011 in January with great fanfare as well - with a reasonably hefty price-tag of $440, though that will also include WiFi and 3G connectivity for downloading content while mobile.
Three new devices have been spotted in Verizon's inventory, courtesy of a tipster spilling the cellular beans to PhoneArena. The Motorola Citrus, Samsung Zeal and, most interestingly, the Samsung Continuum SCH-I400 have all been confirmed to launch on Verizon
iriver's Cover Story ebook reader - also known as the iriver Story Touch Edition - has shown up in the FCC's testing database, suggesting its US debut may be sooner rather than later. The Cover Story has a 6-inch E Ink display together with a resistive touchscreen for navigation.
Samsung's E65 ereader has gone on sale in the UK, though you'll have to dig a little deeper than you would for a Kindle. Currently priced at £213 ($336) through Pixmania, though apparently coming to high street retailers PC World and Currys for £199.99 ($316), the E65 has a 6-inch E Ink display, QWERTY keyboard and WiFi, along with a digital stylus for notetaking.
Borders has announced pre-orders for their latest ebook reader, the Kobo Wireless eReader. Like the previous Kobo model, the new ereader has access to Border's 1.5m ebook titles; however it can now also browse and download them over WiFi.
After Verizon's EnTourage Pocket eDGe was spotted making its first, unofficial debut, the company has relented on its prolonged silence and spilled the details. The Digital Reader met up with EnTourage and snapped some hands-on pictures - here you see the mini version nestling up with the original eDGe - with the new clamshell confirmed to have a 6-inch E Ink touchscreen on the left and a 7-inch WVGA LCD touchscreen on the right. Two versions are planned, one WiFi-only and the other with embedded Verizon 3G.