Samsung Electronics of America today unveiled their eReader tablet computer for the US market. With a name far less revolutionary than others, Samsung’s eReader should still give the Kindle a run for its money.
The compact portable Samsung eReader sports a 6-inch e-Ink display capable of 600×800 resolution with 8-gray scale shades. This is a more traditional eBook screen primarly to be used for newspapers, paper back novels, and simple image viewing, unlike Apple’s iPad offering more colorful, rich-media interaction for the end user.
Samsung has also partnered with Barnes & Noble for eBook and ePeriodical distribution, most bestsellers will run you $9.99 and can be purchased over your wireless internet connection.
Samsung is the maker of Apple’s A4 processor, but we’re unsure which processor they have decided go with, we can assume it’s going to have some power behind it as the eReader goes beyond displaying grayscale images and PDF files, as it has an electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus pen. The EMR stylus gives users writing capab.ilities that are “typically associated only with traditional paper books, such as making annotations in the margins and recording one’s own thoughts and interpretations while reading.” Direct handwriting and memos with note taking on what you are reading is very convenient with EMR.
Voice recording is another great feature, the eReader allows for voice memos and annotations. Applications embedded in the eReader include a journal, scheduler, MP3 player for audio books, music and podcasts, which can be played through the front speakers or a headphone port, and even support for Bluetooth 2.0 wireless headsets on top of 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi.
Off the shelf the eReader comes with 2GB of internal memory, Samsung says that is enough to store 1,500 ebooks or 24,000 pages of memos with support e-pub, PDF/a, TXT, bmp and jpg formats. External memory can accept up to 16GB of Micro SD cards. The best part about it, Samsung’s text-to-speech (TTS) technology, this will read out text for you to enjoy your content in any situation where your eyes must be focused on something else, ultimately turning any eBook into an audiobook.
No ship date or price has been released yet.