Following Fujitsu, another Japanese electronics maker is ready to sell color e-book readers: Toshiba announced [JP] the so-called BookPlace DB50 today, a 7-Inch device that comes with direct access to big T’s BookPlace store (which currently offers around 43,000 different Japanese e-books and magazines).
The device runs on special versions of Linux (Toshiba hasn’t revealed details yet) and Android 2.3.4 (heavily modified).
It has the following specs:
- 7-inch color TFT LCD with 600×1,024 resolution and LED backlight (touchscreen)
- Freescale i.MX535 CPU (1.0GHz)
- 8GB memory
- 1GM RAM
- IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
- 5 buttons: HOME, MENU, BACK, CONTINUE, VOLUME
- Bluetooth 2.1
- micro USB 2.0 slot, microSD slot
- mono speaker (for MP3 playback)
- 7.5 hours battery life
- size: 190×120×11mm, weight: 330g
Toshiba is planning to sell the Bookplace DB50 on the Japanese market on February 10. The price will be US$284 (every buyer will get a US$64 coupon for use in the company’s e-book store).