I found an interesting new ereader out of China. They have a fascinating market there; it’s so crowded that developers are trying anything to make their device standout. Bi Sheng has released an ereader that is basically a smartphone with a 6″ E-ink screen.
I was wondering how long it would take for someone to do this. Given the several devices with 3G and other wireless connections, it seemed to be a rather obvious that it would happen sooner or later.
If you look at the picutre, you might think that this is just another Kindle clone. It’s not, really, because it doesn’t have a full keyboard. Instead it has buttons that you’d find on a phone. This was probably a good decision; the buttons will be bigger and therefore easier to use.
It has Wifi, Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS/EDGE; & it can make calls, send text messages, and browse the web. Format support includes TXT, DOC, XLS, PPT, HTML, PDF and CHM eBook formats (ePub seems to be absent). Cost is 2880 yuan ($422 U.S.).