Pandigital just announced a new ereader. The new Novel appears to be (and the pr confirms this) one of BenQ's ereaders with a Sipix screen, Wifi, touchscreen, 2GB Flash, accelerometer, browser, and a SD card slot (32 GB supported). Ebooks can be bought from B&N direct from the new Novel.
Retail will be $199. They should be available later this month at major retailers.
From the press release:
Pandigital Inc. today expanded its Pandigital Novel line of eReaders featuring the integrated Barnes & Noble eBookstore with its first model using ePaper technology. Featuring a touch-screen for easy navigation, the new Pandigital Novel Personal eReader has a crisp 6-inch electrophoretic ePaper display for easy enjoyment in bright sunlight and a battery life that lasts thousands of page-turns.
The new Pandigital Novel Personal eReader utilizes a 6-inch ePaper display that provides a crisp 600x800 resolution. Its touch-screen interface is something not normally found with ePaper eReaders. Made by Sipix/AUO for Pandigital, the display takes ePaper technology to a new level of functionality and ensures that customers get a first-rate reading experience.
This innovative display, combined with the intuitive software interface, lets customers easily navigate through the various functions and capabilities of the Pandigital Novel while reading books and magazines. In addition to being fun and easy to use, the ePaper display used on the Pandigital Novel is non-reflective, so the device is incredibly easy to read in bright light and sunlight.
Like the other models in the Pandigital Novel eReader line, the new eReader comes integrated with the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, so customers can easily download and enjoy books, magazines, and periodicals.
“We’re extending our Pandigital Novel eReader line to include an ePaper model that will encourage even more readers to embrace the ease, comfort and enjoyment of electronic book readers,” said John Clough, President of Pandigital. “Our new Pandigital Novel 6-inch eReader is perfect for the many readers who love to catch up on their books outdoors, on vacation or just when they have a moment to relax and unwind.”
Weighing 9.1 ounces, the eReader is incredibly portable and easy to take anywhere. In addition, it delivers a long battery life of up to 6,000 page turns. The Pandigital Novel Personal eReader comes with convenient features that make reading easier and more enjoyable, including adjustable font size, a built-in dictionary, word/character search, highlighting, and creation of multiple bookmarks.
This new eReader has 2GB of internal memory for customers to store hundreds of books and periodicals, music, photos, and more. Plus, it has a built-in memory card reader that accepts up to 32GB memory cards for access to a virtually unlimited number of files.
The new Pandigital Novel Personal eReader (PRD06E20WWH8) will be available this month at national retailers. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $199.99 and is expected to sell at even lower everyday retail pricing and promotional pricing.
In addition to being a first-rate eReader, the Pandigital Novel is a multifunction device, allowing users to browse the web, check email, view photos, or listen to music. The built-in Wi-Fi and web browser lets users easily go online to check out the latest news or their favorite website while the integrated email application allows customers to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues. Customers can enjoy their favorite music via the built-in speaker or use the stereo-mini headphone jack for private enjoyment and also view photos on the 16-level grayscale display. The Pandigital Novel Personal eReader also has additional convenience features including a built-in appointment calendar and alarm clock.
The Pandigital Novel 6-inch Personal eReader provides excellent reading for electronic books and has the following features:
- A 6” ePaper electrophoretic display with 800x600 resolution and 16-level grayscale
- Responsive touch-screen and intuitive user interface for navigation
- Built in speaker and stereo-mini headphone jack
- A virtual keyboard for making notes, emails, and other entries
- Orientation sensor for automatically adjusting between portrait and landscape mode when the device is tilted
- Supports popular eBook formats PDF & EPUB
- Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and web browser
- Expandable storage through its microSD memory card slot (supporting up to 32GB cards)
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (via AC adapter or USB)
- Built-in mini-USB port provides an option for easy transfer of files between the device and a computer (Mac and PC compatible)
- Compact and sleek design – it measures 4.88”(w) x 6.75”(h) x 0.38”(d) and weighs 9.1 ounces