The FCC paperwork doesn’t really add anything to what we already knew about the Cybook Ocean, but it does give us a look inside this ereader. It also tells me that the microSD card slot is accessible under a panel on the rear of the Ocean.
The Cybook Ocean sports an 8″ epaper screen with both a touchscreen and a frontlight. It runs Bookeen’s proprietary OS on an 800MHz CPU with 256MB RAM, Wifi, 4GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. Screen resolution is a decent but not impressive 1024 x 768.
At last report, Bookeen expected to ship this ebook reader in May or June of this year, with a retail of 179 euros. That’s a fairly steep price, IMO, and I think that a similarly priced tablet will offer a better value. But if you are as taken as I am by the 8″ screen, the Ocean does offer a better value than the other widely available 8″ ebook reader,the Pyrus Maxi. That device retails for 149 euros, but lacks a touchscreen, Wifi, or frontlight.