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Fujitsu's FLEPia eBook reader, only half an inch thick, comes with an XGA color screen, expandable memory, BlueTooth, a full install of Windows, and a 40 hour battery life. It's available, only in Japan, for a staggering $1,010 US, but given its features seems like to be a hit even at this price.  (Source: Engadget)
Fujitsu new eBook reader is easy on the eyes and hard on the wallet

Last month Amazon announced that it was taking preorders of its Kindle 2 eBook reader, the follow-up to its original eBook reader than burned up sales charts.  The new reader, available for $359, came with 2 GB of memory -- enough to store 1,500 books -- and a 25 percent longer battery life.

Still, as impressive as the Kindle 2 is, it is easily outdone by Fujitsu's FLEPia.  FLEPia, first announced in 2007, is based on a color eBook reader concept first built at Fujitsu in 2006.  Out in only a couple weeks -- but only in Japan -- the reader features an eye-catching 8-inch XGA screen capable of displaying 260,000 colors. 

It also has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and up to 4GB of storage via SD card to boot.  Lack of expandable/swappable storage was one major complaint about the Kindle. The tablet is also only half an inch thick, runs for 40 hours on a charge, and can be commanded by either touch screen or button input.

The device features a full install of Windows CE 5.0, in addition to a standard eBook display.  With the slow refresh times of E-Ink (1.8 seconds per full wipe), using the OS may be a bit impractical.  Still, it adds even more to the already impressive package.

The downside -- and there's only really one -- is the price.  The FLEPia will break the bank at 99,750 Yen (about $1,010 US).

The unit ships across Japan on April 10.  No plans to release the unit in the U.S. have been announced.

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By ZachDontScare on 3/18/2009 2:09:16 PM , Rating: 2
Thats exactly the kind of thing I've been waiting for. A decent, *open*, ebook reader w/ an underlying OS that can run other programs. This would be very cool for remote desktop'ing, too.

Hopefully they can get this thing down below $500. I imagine they can, once production ramps up.

RE: Nice!
By Moishe on 3/18/2009 2:27:21 PM , Rating: 2
Remoting? Did you even read the article? The thing has a screen refresh of 1.8s per wipe. Useless for anything but reading.

RE: Nice!
By DanoruX on 3/18/2009 3:43:02 PM , Rating: 1
Have you ever remoted before? You only get 0.5fps over the net anyway!

RE: Nice!
By Moishe on 3/18/2009 4:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
I use RPD all the time and I get far more than .5 fps. I've not used it on dial-up.

1 frame in 1.8 seconds with a continual refresh would be extremely painful to deal with and the battery life would drop dramatically.

RE: Nice!
By callmeroy on 3/18/2009 4:26:12 PM , Rating: 2
Ditto i don't know what the one guy is talking about, naturally it all varies on the speed of your connection, but at work all we do is remote support -- RDP is used by us CONSTANTLY for server and client support issues. There's some clients that have good enough bandwidth I actually get about 30 fps in RDP - its smooth as being there in person. Other clients are much slower, but even the slowest has been at least 5 fps (except when the connection is going down but - c'mon that's kind of common sense).

RE: Nice!
By bupkus on 3/18/2009 3:00:14 PM , Rating: 2
For me it's all about the price. I'd love to own one of these or even the Kindle 2.

RE: Nice!
By quiksilvr on 3/18/2009 3:01:33 PM , Rating: 1
You know, you can just get a netbook for $300 and it has infinitely more capabilities.

RE: Nice!
By h0kiez on 3/18/2009 3:49:33 PM , Rating: 2
And a 40 hour battery life. Oh...wait.

RE: Nice!
By quiksilvr on 3/18/2009 3:52:21 PM , Rating: 2
Besides an international airplane flight, are you reading in a place without a plug for more than 6 hours? And yes, there are netbooks with 6+ hours battery life, especially if the only thing you are doing is reading and not web browsing and whatnot:

RE: Nice!
By Moishe on 3/18/2009 4:07:39 PM , Rating: 2
The 40 hour life is probably estimated for average reading speeds. 200 WPM average with ~250-350 words on a page is a page turn in 60-70 seconds, not continual. You're dropping the battery life from ~40 hrs to probably no more than a few hours... quite possibly comparable to a laptop.

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