Elonex 710 e-reader specs still up in the air – this is not good

It has been 5 days  since I reported that the Elonex 710EB was up for preorder, and a number of new details have emerged. At the time I posted, the product page on Amazon.co.uk had few technical details. Gizmag followed up on this, and the answers they got are worrisome:

When contacted, Elonex said that the final technical specifications are still in a state of flux prior to an end of the month UK availability slot but the 710EB eBook is known to sport a 7-inch LED backlit LCD touchscreen display at 800 x 480 resolution. The current configuration shows an M10 processor with integrated graphics processor, 802.11b/g wireless connectivity and micro-USB and HDMI wired connectivity.

The 7.67 x 4.72 x 0.66 inch 710EB eBook's easy to use touch controlled interface runs on the Android operating system with proprietary Elonex overlay. At the time of writing there's 128MB of system memory and a gigabyte of onboard storage which is expandable via microSD slot...

The fact that the technical specs are still undecided bothers me because I can only see 2 reasons for it, and neither are good. Elonex might not know what the specs are because they could be poorly organized. This does not bode well for technical support or warranty service.

But there is another explanation, and this one should scare you off the 710EB. Elonex might not know what the tech specs are because they haven't bought the 710EB yet. Confused? Let me explain.

There are 2 ways to make a gadget. The first is to pay someone to make your design, and the second is to buy someone else's design and slap your logo on it. Elonex are using the second option, and there's nothing wrong with that.

The problem  here is that Elonex hasn't actually bought the design yet. If they had, they would know the specs. I'm afraid that buying an early 710EB will be something of a crapshoot. You don't really know what you're going to get.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on Elonex 710 e-reader specs still up in the air – this is not good

  1. Great information. I liked the screenshot shown in your previous post, but as time goes by it is clear this device is kind of a work in progress. It seems like a lot of these companies are relying on selling these devices for their ebook functions alone, and don’t think we consumers are smart enough to understand the specs or capabilities before they are released. We had limited information on the Pandigital Novel as well, although we were able to obtain FCC documents to help with that. Still, judging by the problems we had with early PDN firmware, most of the early ebook device buyers will be a bit wary of buying something that isn’t more solid. I know the PDN is now considered a great geek/custom device, but it would have been nice to know more about it than we did before it showed up at Kohl’s for sale.

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