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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 n0nsense on 3/19/2009 2:48:10 PM , Rating: 2
I never owned an ebook, since i can't find justification for this kind of device. I played with them on few occasions and came to conclusion that at home i can read normal paper book and on the go i can use my Tablet/PDA. I carry one almost all the time for other things. On the last trip (Thailand) i took only phone which can only provide music player, movie player, even ebook reader + calls, radio, gps and internet. it has only 8GB + SD and pared with 32GB disk on key can store more then enough.
I finished 5 paper books in 4 weeks and never carried more then one. Book shops everywhere.
Have you ever tried tablet ?
yes it more expensive and you should not by one for book reading.
But if you follow the link in my first post you'll find perfect media/web/ebook device for just 299USD. same form factor as this upcoming device but with much more capabilities. It has ebook reading software, but can handle any text format. The only difference is the panel type. The downside is so small and advantages so big, that only people that only read books on the go may think about this device. Other reasons for buying such device are probably of "I can buy it" kind.


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