Fujitsu FLEPia: Color e-book Reader

Fujitsu FLEPia Specifications

Display: 8″ Touch EPD (Electronic Paper Display)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 (Lanscape)
Pixel Format: 1024 x 768 (Landscape)
Response Time: 1.8 sec
Display Colors: 260,000
Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi
Storage: SD (up to 4GB)
OS: Microsoft CE 5.0
Battery: 40 hours of continuous use
Dimensions: <1″ thick 
Availability: April 20, 2009 in Japan
Price: ¥99,750 (about US$1000) 


Fujitsu‘s FLEPia is the world’s first color e-book reader or what the company calls an e-paper mobile terminal. The FLEPia sports an 8″ EPD (Electronic Paper Display) with a pixel format of 1024 x 768, which is just a little bit better than what you see on the Kindle at 800 x 600 but 2″ larger diagonally. The FLEPia can display 260,000 colors and has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. I think we are getting closer, in terms of hardware capabilities, to a device that can replace the newspaper. Of course, the e-book reader will need a cellular connection like the Kindle if we want to receive updated information on-the-go. Maybe one of these e-book reader companies need to connect with AT&T and Starbucks… Up to 4GB of data is stored on a SD card. Interestingly Microsoft’s CE 5.0 is the OS of choice. Maybe it is due to the color capability but battery life is just 40 hours of continuous use, which is still a good long time. The FLEPia will be available in Japan late in April for a hefty price of around US$1000. Check out the videos of the FLEPia in action.

Source: Fujitsu, Engadget

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