For a couple months now I have been anticipating the release of Onyx's next device. This Chinese ereader maker has been teasing its fans with glimpses (here, here) of a frontlight equipped ereader. That ereader is just now getting into the hands of Onyx dealers, and one posted the following hands on video.
You're looking at the Onyx Boox i62M Firefly. It's currently up for pre-order at ereader-store.de, with a retail of 199€. It has the same HD E-ink screen found on the Kindle Paperwhite, as well as a frontlight, IR touchscreen, Wifi, 8GB Flash storage, a microSD card slot, and a head phone jack.
This ereader was why I faulted Sony for not offering better hardware on the PRS-T2, and it is also what I was secretly hoping we would see at the Amazon event. This is the next generation of ereaders, and I've been wanting to announce that it had hit the market for over a month now. When I first saw it, I decided that this was the device I'd carry around at CES, just to have something no one else had. But now that the Kindle Paperwhite is on the market and the Kobo Glo might be on the market by CES, all of a sudden the Firefly isn't as cool as it used to be.
But I'm still looking forward to it. This ereader incorporates all of the annotation features that Onyx has been working on for the past 3 plus years. You can do so much with this one that it rivals Sony in terms of sophistication.