It's a netbook! It's an e-reader! It's the enTourage eDGe!

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Reading e-books on a netbook is a nuisance, right? But e-readers are a pain because they’re a single-function device, which means your man-bag gets filled with yet-another-specialty-gadget. Behold the enTourage eDGe: “the world’s first dualbook, combining the functions of an e-reader, netbook, notepad, and audio/video recorder and player in one.” Get it? Dualbook?

This Frankenstein handheld is half 9.7″ 1200 x 825 e-reader, half 10.1″ 1024 x 600 netbook. It runs Android, has a touchscreen display, WiFi networking, 3GB of usable memory, a six hour battery life, etc etc. Unlike the Amazon Kindle, cellular networking is not supported internally, but it can be accessed with the help of an external modem.

The enTourage eDGe™ is the world’s first dualbook, combining the functions of an e-reader, netbook, notepad, and audio/video recorder and player in one. It’s a comprehensive device that lets you read e-books, surf the Internet, take digital notes, send emails and instant messages, watch movies and listen to music anywhere, at any time. This is nothing you’ve ever seen before! Get books wirelessly, move files onto your enTourage eDGe™ using an SD card or a USB flash drive. And with a netbook built in, you can forget the limitations of other e-readers, the enTourage eDGe™ does it all!

This thing ships February 2010, but you can pre-order now! It’s $490 USD for the midnight blue model, shown above. An extra $40 will fetch the sporty Ruby Red, Glacier White, or Ice Blue colors.

enTourage eDGe™ Specifications

  • 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)
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