Hanvon E920 Color E-Ink Reader Shown Off at CES

January 10, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Hanvon has introduced the E920, which is the world’s first color E-ink reader, at CES 2011. The device comes equipped with a one of a kind large 9.7 inch color E-Ink panel with resolutions up to 1200×1600.

The Hanvon E920 has a microSD card slot that can support up to 32 GB memory cards that will help you in storing approximately 10,000 e-books. The device also returns a standby time of 15 days and can turn over 10,000 pages without a recharge.

It has the usual bits of other E-Ink readers with a capability to support numerous text formats and text to speech function. The prototype unit that was demonstrated at the event has an impressive solid and thin construction, and it also offered excellent viewing angles.

But the device still needs much work to be done on it. The reader has dull colors onscreen even when compared with below average LCDs and slow refresh rates contributing to rougher transitions from page to page.

And the touchscreen is resistive, and therefore you must make use of an inbuilt stylus for navigation.

Hanvon announced that the E920 won’t be available in China until May, and by June it will be on sale in the US. This is a shock considering that 95% of China’s e-book market is held by Hanvon itself.

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