Gizmodo has published more details, and pictures, of the Kindle challenger. Click through the gallery for more on the dual-display device.
Ever since word got out that Barnes & Noble is set to announce its own e-book reader next week, the rumors have been flying. Gizmodo on Wednesday published more details about the device, and pictures, which it says it acquired from an internal source. Click through the gallery for more.
The first screen is a 6-inch e-ink display with an 800x600 pixel resolution. That's standard for e-books, with this screen having similar refresh and contrast as the second-generation Kindle's.
The second display, however, is as wide as the e-ink display but is a multitouch LCD meant to be used as the sole interface for browsing swiftly through colored book covers (like Apple's coverflow, but with books instead of album art) and buying "rather than forcing e-ink (to) do things it was not made for." It is 480x144 pixels in size and has a resolution of 150dpi.
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Contrast this with the Kindle, which uses the e-ink display to emulate a slow menu system and requires a physical keyboard for searching. Likewise, Sony's e-ink readers with touch-screen layers have reduced visibility. The B&N reader has none of these issues.
The e-reader is expected to enable book-lending features between friends and publishing of excerpts on Facebook and Twitter, but that may be cut before launch.