Samsung Unveils First E-Readers at CES
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, Samsung introduced its first e-book reading devices. They’re called the E6 and the E101, coming in six and ten-inch screen sizes.
"We’ve used our expertise to create a high-quality e-book with today’s on-the-go consumer in mind," said Young Bae, director of display marketing, Samsung Information Technology Division. "Samsung is addressing a common frustration that users experience with many of today’s digital readers with a stylus that allows them to annotate their favorite works or take notes. Coupled with wireless functionality that enables sharing of content, this is a truly multi-faceted device."
The E6 and E101 enable handwriting directly onto the display, letting users annotate their reading selections, calendars and to-do lists with a built-in electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus pen. Samsung says the pen prevents mistypes caused by hands and other objects that graze the screen’s surface. It comes with a variety of pen and eraser thicknesses.
According to the company, the Samsung e-book displays reflect light naturally and deliver an appearance similar to that of printed paper, allowing people to read more naturally than they would with other backlit electronic paper devices.
"The E101 boasts a ten-inch screen, while the E6, is the more portable sibling at six inches," says Samsung. "Because Samsung’s e-book is not backlit, the power consumption is lower than that of other portable display devices. Only four hours of charging prepares the battery for up to two weeks of use, depending on the extent of daily use."
Samsung the devices will be available early this year with the E^ priced at $399 and the E101 priced at $699.