First dual-screen e-reader to go on sale in February

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white eDGe.jpgDual screen e-readers make perfect sense; you read your book on one screen and look up the meanings of all the long, fancy words you don’t understand using the internet on the other. But they are also very rare. Making full use of the Android operating system, the enTourage eDGe will be planting its flag in dual-screen territory in the new-year.

The two generously sized dual-screens (9.7 inches diagonally) use e-Ink technology to allow users to scribble notes onto whatever they are reading.

Most excitingly though, the e-reader has built in WiFi, so you can quickly download e-books, send an email, browse the web, or combine your notetaking, emailing, and browsing, all from one device.

It’s set to go head to head with the budget-priced Asus e-reader, which we featured previously in September.

Though not yet available to pre-order in the UK, US readers can order the $490 enTourage eDGe here, ready for its February release.

Here is a full list of features:

  • Dimensions: 8.25″ x 10.75″ by 1.0″ (closed)
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs.
  • Internal Memory: 4 GB (3 GB for user) up to 3000 books
  • E-reader File Formats: ePub, PDF
  • LCD Touchscreen Display Size: 1024 x 600 (10.1″)
  • E-paper Display Size: 9.7″ e-Ink®(1200 x 825), 16 shades of gray
  • E-paper Input: Wacom® Penabled®
  • Operating System: Linux with Google® Android®
  • Connectivity: 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth capability
  • Battery Life: 16+ hours utilizing the e-reader screen / up to 6 hours running the LCD screen
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion polymer
  • Mobile Modem (optional): EVDO or HSDPA
  • External Memory: SD card slot, 2 USB ports
  • Audio and Microphone Jack: 3.5 mm each. Includes internal microphone and speakers.
  • Audio playback: MP3
  • Video playback: MP4, 3GP
  • Input: Stylus input on e-paper and touchscreen. Virtual keyboard. Bluetooth keyboard (optional)
Gerald Lynch