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Rumor: Amazon to Launch Color E-Ink Kindles Later This Year

May also include multi-touch screen technology

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Rumor: Amazon to Launch Color E-Ink Kindles Later This Year
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Amazon is rumored to be adding a new line to their kindle e-reader collection this year, CNet is reporting. This one is unique in that it will feature the first full color e-ink display.

The news was first broken by Digitimes, who says sources close to the supply chain have already begun shipping the relavent components. TPK holding has already received touch module orders for Amazon’s color e-readers. The new technology will include multi-touch capacity, instead of infrared touch panels seen on most black and white e-readers.

According to their source, Amazon should ship six million e-readers in 2012.

CNet reminds us that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the color screen was “multiple years away” back in 2009, saying “I’ve seen the color displays in the laboratory, and I can assure you they’re not ready for prime time.” Well, “three” does fit into the category of “multiple years”. Is Digitimes right? What do you think of the possibility of color-ink displays? Tell us in the comments below.

[via: Digitimes]

Rumor: Amazon to Launch Color E-Ink Kindles Later This Year
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  • Renaldo

    E-ink is certainly the best way to read lots of text. Color would be a welcome addition to the E-ink technology. However, I don’t think the market is crying out for it. I own 2 kindles and I love them, but I’m not salivating over this new promise of a color E-ink kindle.

  • Science teacher

    I can’t wait for mainstream color e-ink. I believe its just the advance needed to help bring ereaders into the class room.