The enTourage eDGe is the world’s first e-reader and netbook hybrid device to hit the market, and it begins shipping next week. With dual displays, the eDGe has a 9.7-inch E-Ink screen on the left, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen LCD with 1024 x 600 resolution on the right.
The specifications are quite abundant, much to offer in an eReader, but the real eye catcher is that it runs on the Google Android OS. This will free up system and allow it to receive amazing new applications currently being developed around the world for Android devices. The three pounder is quite thick looking in the photos, but on the enTourage specifications page it’s actually just 1-inch closed. Three pounds seems pretty heavy considering Apple’s iPad is half that, but of course with only one display.
Battery Life is said to be 16+ hours utilizing the e-reader screen and up to 6 hours running the LCD screen. That’s quite good and is in line with other devices. Connectivity comes in WiFi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth flavours, no wireless 3G.
“Pre-orders received by January 12 will start shipping at the end of this week. New orders will ship in March,” E-Reader.info reports in an interview with Doug Atkinson, Entourage’s VP of Marketing and Business Development.
The company plans to have their own e-book store and isn’t afraid of going up against Amazon or Apple’s iBook store. “Having our own e-bookstore allows us to offer books and documents based on our customer demand,” said Atkinson in the interview. They will also provide access to over 1,000,000 free public domain titles from Google Books.
In a video demo by the company they show how you can drag a grayscale image from the E-Ink screen and view it in full color on the LCD one, or attach a video clip on one side to a passage from an e-book the other.
At $499 it sounds like a great buy, and you get to use the Android OS.
enTourage eDGe Dualbook Tablet Image Gallery