You might recall about 2 weeks ago that Copiawhich replaced the Epaper based ones that were demoed at CES 2010. I just found some more information on the crappy Kindle clone.
I bet you're wondering what happened to those ereaders we saw at CES (the ones still listed on Copia's website). Well, I don't know for sure what happened; no one at Copia is polite enough to return my emails. But I do have one or 2 good guesses.
I'm pretty sure Copia were planning to use Sipix screens for their ereaders. Unfortunately, Sipix had some pretty severe quality control issues. All devices that were going to use Sipix screens have been delayed, including the Bookeen Orizon and several models from the Chinese manufacturer Hanlin. I suspect that Copia had the same trouble, but I don't know for sure.
One of the ereaders they announced 2 weeks ago was a rather odd looking Kindle clone. I hadn't seen it before so I've been keeping an eye out. Today I found the Chinese company that designed it. It's called Yeahmore E-reading Media.
Here are the specs for the Yeahmore 602:
- 6" E-ink screen, 16 level grayscale
- SDHC card slot (32GB supported)
- 2GB Flash
- wieght: 265g
- dimensions: 198mm × 120mm × 7.9mm
- 1.3A battery
- Wifi (only on the 602 Expo)
I don't know yet if Copia will keep the same keyboard layout, but the current one could use some improvement. Thene again, given the hardware there isn't much you can do with it.