Irex's demise may not be quite so clear cut; while the ereader company filed for bankruptcy back in June, Dutch financial site Fd.nl is reporting that having secured new financing they're looking to restart operations. As of September 1st 2010 the company will relaunch as IRX Innovations, focusing on the business and enterprise market rather than the competitive consumer segment.
The life of iRex Technologies' DR-800SG and iRex 1000S is a fascinating story, for sure. We watched as it released one thing, fought to release another, and then slipped out of the mind's eye for months. Even with the fact that Best Buy started selling the DR-800SG online back in February, it doesn't look like the company has any good news to report. On Tuesday, iRex Technologies was forced to file for bankruptcy in the Netherlands.
Chalk this up under "about time"; iRex have been in touch to tell us that their DR800SG ebook reader is now up for sale at Best Buy. $399.99 gets you an 8.1-inch 768 x 1024 e-paper display, 3G connectivity and a Wacom active digitizer for note-taking.
It's taken a while but the first iRex DR800S ereaders are finally shipping out to preorder customers. Over in the MobileRead forums owner mgmueller has been sharing some first-impressions and comparison shots between the 8.1-inch iRex and the Kindle DX, as well as answering questions about the roughly €500 ($706) device.
What with the battle between the Kindle and the nook, we'd forgotten all about the iRex DR800SG. First tipped to arrive on the market by October, the 3G-enabled 8.1-inch touchscreen ebook reader is now several months late and that doesn't seem to be changing any time soon; according to a company spokesperson, the DR800SG "has experienced unexpected delays" and iRex are not yet announcing a new release date.
As expected, IREX have just announced their latest ebook reader, the IREX DR800SG, an 8.1-inch e-ink device within integrated Qualcomm Gobi wireless. The DR800SG will use Verizon's network in the US (and switch to GSM 3G when roaming) to allow access to Barnes & Noble's eBookstore, Newspaper Direct and LibreDigital. Priced at $399.99, the IREX DR800SG will arrive at "select" Best Buy stores come October, followed by a European launch in the first half of 2010.
From one ebook reader to another, only this time we're looking at something with much more grunt to take on Amazon's Kindle. According to the New York Times, iRex will announce later on today that they're launching an 8.1-inch touchscreen ebook reader in the US, the iRex DR800SG, priced at $399 and packing a 3G Gobi radio from Qualcomm. The sticker price of the iRex DR800SG will include unlimited wireless access through Verizon's network, with users able to wirelessly download ebooks from Barnes & Noble.
Well, if rumors are to be believed, iRex is preparing to release a brand new e-reader that is much smaller in size than the Digital Reader 1000, which has a 8.1-inch display and would feature 3G.
The new reader would also have a touchscreen and would be used in conjunction with likely just one store for obtaining e-book purchases. The rumored name for this gadget is the Digital Reader 800 and it would be the first time an iRex device landed stateside.
Shipping is anticipated near the holiday season though pricing is not yet known. The participating carrier is not yet known, either, thought AT&T is definitely out as they've just signed up with Plastic Logic for their 2010 3G-based e-book reader.
E-reader manufacturer iRex have announced [pdf link] that they intend to have a color, writable ebook reader on the market by 2011. The device, which is currently unnamed, will use a system of subtractive color mixing which, according to iRex, results in three times the brightness of existing additive color electrophoretic displays.
The higher-spec version of iRex's Digital Reader eBook range is still conspicuous by its absence, but we're gradually hearing more about the mid-range DR1000S. After a brief hands-on back in October, the 1000S is back - this time with Engadget China - and again its a mixed report card. The 10.2-inch, 160dpi display is certainly larger than many of its rivals, and it can show more, but speed - whether turning on, turning pages or rendering color images into greyscale - is still an issue.
The DR1000S takes 50 seconds to boot, from initially pressing the power button to being able to navigate menus. It's something owners will be doing a lot, too, as iRex don't seem to have added a standby mode. E-paper uses less power than a traditional LCD display, of course, but it still drains the battery; iRex may have a hard time persuading people content with their paper books that 50s to "open the cover" is worth it.