At the opening Keynote at CES 2012 Qualcomm revealed a new color e-reader based on their mirasol display technology. Produced and released by Hanvon this is the thinnest e-color display around and we have a few snapshots to show of Qualcomm CEO Paul Jabocs showing it off for the crowds. Here's what you can expect.
When we reviewed HTC's Flyer earlier this week, we described the pen-and-touch slate as an expensive risk for the company to take. Fitting an active digitizer obviously increases bulk and, more importantly, cost - a tricky proposition if some people may never actually bother buying the pen. All that could change with the advent of Hanvon's Dual-Touch ERT Technology, however,
Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! It was a busy week in the tech world with some major new products landing this week. The new Hanvon HPad A112 surfaced packing Android Froyo, a 3MP camera and a lot more. The tablet has a 7-inch 800 x 600 screen and is 10.8mm thick.
Hanvon brought its HPad A116 along to CES 2011 last month, and now there's apparently a second version for the European market. The Hanvon HPad A112 has a 7-inch 800 x 600 touchscreen, Android 2.2 Froyo and a 3-megapixel camera on the back, along with optional 3G and GPS. The 10.8mm slate has a magnesium alloy frame and brushed stainless steel shell, and Hanvon has whipped up its own handwriting support in the office app.
And so it came to pass that CES 2011 was bringing itself to a close - we're so close I can taste it. Get a heavy view of everything that went on with Ben Bajarin in his column analysis CES 2011: One of the Best. Next, see Don Reisinger column about how Video Games Deserve As Much Respect As Movies. Dive into a column by Chris Davies on what everyone's wondering: Verizon iPhone: Why do we care? And experience the massive amount of exclusive material we've got on all of our sites - so many hands, so many on sweet, sweet devices!
Hanvon was on hand at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to show off a new tablet device they are engineering. The device has plenty of features, and a display size that rivals the majority of other Android-based tablets currently available on the market (along with many more that are coming down the pipe). However, this tablet has a few tricks up its sleeve.
While we were at Hanvon, and we got time to play with the Android tablet running Microsoft Word and other Office applications, we managed to steal some face time with another tablet the company is creating -- the TouchPad B20. This device is bigger than the Android version, and Hanvon decided to go with Microsoft's Operating System, instead of Google's mobile offering.
It seems the higher-resolution path is one that ereader manufacturers are increasingly taking, with iriver setting its stall at the 6-inch point of the market, and Hanvon's new WISEreader E920 claiming boosted performance at the 9.7-inch point. The E920 uses the same casing design as the color ereader launched last year, but with a monochrome 200dpi panel instead.
Hanvon's color ereader isn't expected to arrive until Q1 2011, using E Ink's freshly announced Triton e-paper display, but the company is apparently already taking pre-orders. Tipped for February 2011 delivery, the first version will be WiFi-only and is priced at 3,500 yuan ($528); it will be followed by a 3G model for around 3,800 yuan ($574).
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.