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Sony Reader PRS-650 and PRS-350 touchscreen refresh tipped imminent

Sony Reader PRS-650 and PRS-350 touchscreen refresh tipped imminent

Sony are tipped to be working on two new Reader ebook devices, the Sony Reader PRS-350 and PRS-650, each of which will have a touchscreen E Ink display.  According to Sony Insider's source, the PRS-350 will have a 5-inch display and the PRS-650 a 6-inch display; they'll have faster page-turns (potentially using E Ink's newest Pearl screen) while the PRS-650 will have around 2GB of storage, WiFi and perhaps even a "free" 3G connection like the Kindle's.

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Qualcomm: mirasol on track, first tablets/ereaders in Q1 2011

Qualcomm: mirasol on track, first tablets/ereaders in Q1 2011

With E Ink's new Pearl display making its debut in the third-generation Kindle, resolutely monochrome and - according to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos - staying that way for the near future, attention turned to what's been described as the key color competition, Qualcomm's mirasol. Comments from Steve Mollenkopf, the company's executive VP of CDMA technologies, earlier this week seemed to suggest production hadn't even kicked off. We caught up with Jim Cathey, VP of business development for Qualcomm's MEMS division to find out exactly where mirasol is up to, and when we could expect to see devices using the display technology reach the market.

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Kindle DX gets video review, side-by-side comparison with 1st-gen

Kindle DX gets video review, side-by-side comparison with 1st-gen

Amazon's second-generation Kindle DX is already shipping out to buyers, and one of the first is Lisa over at MobileTechReview.  She's put up a video review of the new e-reader, and first impressions are that there's not much change from the outgoing model; however, a side-by-side photo on Flickr shows just how much difference there is between the two E Ink displays.

Video review and close-up display comparison after the cut

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Amazon Kindle DX Graphite Now Shipping to Customers

Amazon Kindle DX Graphite Now Shipping to Customers

It seems like the last few weeks have been all about eReaders. Even with some other high profile launches, it felt like gravity kept pulling us back to talk about what Barnes and Noble was doing, or what Amazon was changing around. And, while price drops galore was some great news for people out there still waiting to get their hands on their first eReader, Amazon's other surprise, the announcement of a cheaper, darker version of their Kindle DX didn't miss out on its own share of the limelight. And now it's about to get better for everyone who bought their very own.

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E Ink Pearl display outed: 50% contrast improvement

E Ink Pearl display outed: 50% contrast improvement

E Ink has announced its next generation of ereader display, Pearl, and while the press release doesn't spell it out in so many words, the claim that the contrast is around 50-percent greater than the previous generation leads us to suspect this is the screen technology in the new Amazon Kindle DX.  According to E Ink - formerly known as PVI -Pearl is now the whitest reflective display in the industry and even more like regular printed paper.

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How to Save the E-Reader

How to Save the E-Reader

Does the e-reader need saving? If Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the like have sold plenty of units, the category is still facing some tough competition and it lacks a compelling reason to exist. Apple has fired the first shots in the consumer tablet war, but I think e-reader devices can easily survive if they avoid that fight altogether.

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Color E Ink devices due by end of 2010 says PVI

Color E Ink devices due by end of 2010 says PVI

PVI's color E Ink project sounds like it's speeding up, with company chairman Scott Liu saying products using the displays are now expected to be on sale by the end of 2010, rather than sometime in Q1 2011 as previously expected.  The color E Ink panels are currently sampling to manufacturers - Amazon and B&N were both tipped as having seen them - but no definitive partnerships have been made public.  However, it looks unlikely that an imminent Kindle refresh will include the color display; Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently announced that such a device was "a long way out".

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Cool-ER Connect WiFi ereader due September

Cool-ER Connect WiFi ereader due September

Interead has confirmed that they will indeed be offering the Netronix-made WiFi ereader outed by the FCC earlier this week, with the new model known as the Cool-ER Connect.  Billed as being physically similar to the current Cool-ER - shown here - the new Connect version will add in wireless support to the 6-inch E Ink display, and will also have a touchscreen.

Kobo are also tipped to be using the same Netronix hardware for an upcoming ereader of their own.  Their existing model is currently on sale at Borders for $149, but only includes Bluetooth connectivity rather than WiFi.

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