Its been a big week for Android powered eReaders. First we had the Barnes & Noble Nook, followed by the Spring Alex, now enTourage ups the ante with the eDGe. The enTourage eDGe is the world’s first dualbook (trademark, by the way), which means its an eReader and a netbook at the same time.
On the left we’ve got a 9.7in e-paper display capable of displaying 16 shades of gray. On the right is a 10.1in screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution running Android (yes, they are two slightly different sizes). The official site doesn’t have any word on processor or ram so I wouldn’t hold your breath for anything too snappy but the book styling and dual screens make it an interesting choice for casual use. Another sour note is the price, coming it at a hefty $490 (the B&N Nook is $259, by comparison) but if you are really feeling the dualbook vibe then you might be able to justify it. Here is the complete list of specs:
- Dimensions: 8.25" x 10.75" by 1.0" (closed)
- Weight: 2.5 lbs.
- Internal Memory: 4 GB (3 GB for user) up to 3000 books
- E-reader File Formats: ePub, PDF
- LCD Touchscreen Display Size: 1024 x 600 (10.1")
- E-paper Display Size: 9.7" e-Ink®(1200 x 825), 16 shades of gray
- E-paper Input: Wacom® Penabled®
- Operating System: Linux with Google® Android®
- Connectivity: 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth capability
- Battery Life: Up to 6 hours
- Battery Type: Lithium-ion polymer
- Mobile Modem (optional): EVDO or HSDPA
- External Memory: SD card slot, 2 USB ports
- Audio and Microphone Jack: 3.5 mm each. Includes internal microphone and speakers.
- Audio playback: MP3
- Video playback: MP4, 3GP
- Input: Stylus input on e-paper and touchscreen. Virtual keyboard. Bluetooth keyboard (optional)