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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 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).


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