Jointech have announced their new JE100 ebook reader, a 7-inch device that uses an LCD touchscreen rather than an e-ink display. Based on Windows CE 5.0, the Jointech JE100 will likely not only boast Mobipocket Reader, MSReader and eReader support, but play back video and audio files together with viewing and editing Microsoft Office documents.
Inside there’s a 400MHz CPU, 128MB of flash memory and 64MB of RAM. Transflash cards up to 4GB in capacity can be used to boost storage, and there are two USB ports: one a host, for plugging in external peripherals such as a QWERTY keyboard, and the other a slave, for hooking up the JE100 to a computer where it presumably mounts as an external drive.
There’s also an integrated speaker and audio output socket, and battery life is rated at 3-6hrs from the 1,500mAh pack. That’s low compared to an e-ink ebook reader, which use far more frugal E Ink panels, but of course the JE100 displays color and video which for some will make it a more tempting prospect. No word on MRSP as yet.