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.
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.
Seldom do we wish we understood Russian as much as we do today. A video demo of what looks to be a dual-sided 4G smartphone - we're guessing a prototype at this stage, and probably non-functional at that - has emerged, apparently being demonstrated by two besuited Russians.
Video demo after the cut
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.
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.
The third-gen Kindle's smaller chassis and brighter E Ink display may have been the main selling points for most users, but it was the new, Webkit-based browser that got the true Kindle-geeks excited. The "experimental" browser on previous models was sufficient, in a pinch, to check a Wikipedia entry, but anything more ambitious was a recipe for headaches. A video comparison between Kindle 2 and Kindle 3 by The Kindle Chronicles, though, shows what a step up there's been.
Video head-to-head testing after the cut
Acer's LumiRead ereader will make its official debut at IFA 2010 next week, according to Lesen's sources at the company, with a commercial launch - in Germany at least - following on in September. As with the Amazon Kindle, a second source suggests, the LumiRead will come with free 3G access to download new ebooks, and a sticker price of around €250 ($318).
No great surprise, given the constantly slipping ship date for new orders, but Amazon has confirmed that the new Kindles are the fastest-selling models of the three generations. In fact, with the first shipments only going out today, the online retailer says the ereaders are their best selling products.
News on ereader manufacture Pocketbook's plans for IFA 2010 ahead of the show, with four new ereaders and a tablet all emerging from the company's press division. The Pocketbook Pro 602, Pro 603, Pro 902 and Pro 903 each have WiFi and Bluetooth, with the 60x models using a 6-inch E Ink display and the 90x models getting the 9.7-inch version. The Pocketbook IQ, meanwhile, is an Android 2.0 tablet. However, according to The Digital Reader's sources, Pocketbook are one of Qualcomm's initial mirasol clients, and are working on a new device using the color e-paper display.
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.
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.