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Hanvon color E Ink ereader due March 2011 with WiFi/3G

Hanvon color E Ink ereader due March 2011 with WiFi/3G

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.

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Verizon’s Pocket eDGe gets detailed: WiFi-only version confirmed

Verizon’s Pocket eDGe gets detailed: WiFi-only version confirmed

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.

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Sony flexible e-paper borrowed from E Ink; no plans to commercialize

Sony flexible e-paper borrowed from E Ink; no plans to commercialize

Further details about the flexible epaper display Sony demonstrated at their recent dealer convention have emerged, and there's good news and bad.  According to The Digital Reader's sources at the company, the monochrome panel wasn't an in-house creation but in fact loaned to them by E Ink (who supply Sony with the displays for their current Reader range).  Unfortunately, Sony claims to have no solid plans at present to actually use the E Ink screen in a commercial device.

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iriver Cover Story hands-on

iriver Cover Story hands-on

iriver's Cover Story (aka the iriver Story Touch Edition) has a tough slog ahead of it.  On the plus side there's the resistive touchscreen over the 6-inch E Ink display, all in a relatively compact body that our hands-on at IFA 2010 found to be pleasantly thin and light; on the downside, it's set to cost more than €200 ($258) when it arrives in Europe and Asia, a fair chunk more than a Kindle yet lacking either 3G or WiFi connectivity.

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Sony Reader range refreshed: faster touchscreen E Ink & select 3G/WiFi

Sony Reader range refreshed: faster touchscreen E Ink & select 3G/WiFi

As expected, Sony has updated its Reader ereader range, taking advantage of E Ink's latest Pearl display technology and putting touchscreens on each model.  The new Sony PRS-350 Pocket Edition, PRS-650 Touch Edition and PRS-950 Daily Edition each have 2GB of onboard storage, and range from 5-inches, 6-inches and 7-inches respectively; however Sony has only given the Daily Edition wireless.

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