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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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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:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...


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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