Plastic Logic’s New E-reader Unveiled

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A few weeks back I brought you news of PlasticLogic and their new Russian ebook reader, and today I can finally show you what it looks like. Unfortunately, it's rather boring looking.

Update: There's a hands-on video at the end of the post.

The PlasticLogic 100 is going to be used in a pilot program in 4 Russian schools. It's based on a 10" capacitive touchscreen, and it's running WindowsCE on an 800MHz CPU. It comes with 4GB Flash storage, but there's no mention of wifi, a camera,  or a card slot. This really is a limited device.

The screen was developed by PlasticLogic and it's based on their proprietary technology.This 10" model has a resolution of 1280 x 960. It's low-power and based on a flexible plastic substrate. Hopefully that means that it will be durable enough to survive children.

It's scheduled to hit Russian store shelves later this year with a retail of around $800, but I'm told that the Russian Ministry of Education will be buying them for $400 each, as had been quoted previously. There's no word on when or if this will ever be available in the US.

I have to say that this is rather disappointing. The listed specs fall far short of any other $800 tablet on the market. To be honest, I think an iPad would be a better value. Even if you factor in the insurance cost, I bet it will cost less.

Do you know something that bothers me? All these schools wasting money on expensive screen tech. This is an $800 device because the screen is ridiculously expensive. Ideally, an epaper screen like PlasticLogic 100 will increase battery life and improve outside readability, but will that really matter in a school?

Probably not. Any school that has the infrastructure to support an ereader will probably also  have enough outlets to keep the devices charged. And how often do you expect the students to take their devices outside? That will be rare, I bet, and I don't think it justifies the extra cost.

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via Mobile-Review

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

6 Comments

  1. Aleksander13 September, 2011

    We in Russia will be in Zelenograd in 2014 built a plant for the production of displays, Plastic Logits. Current Price unit $ 400 (12000 rubles), but in future it will go down.
    Here’s a link to the review of Plastic Logic 100 in Russian.
    http://www.mobile-review.com/articles/2011/plastic-logic100.shtml

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    1. Nate Hoffelder13 September, 2011

      Yes, when the Zelenograd plant is built the PL 100 will cost around 12,000 rubles. But the current on costs about twice as much.

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