CES: Iriver opens chapter on high-resolution 6-inch e-reader, the Story HD

Later this year, Iriver will release the Story HD, a new 6-inch e-reader with a higher resolution XGA electronic paper display made by LG.

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The iRiver Story HD arrives in the second quarter and will be 'priced competively.' iRiver

Last year at CES, Iriver showed off its first e-reader, the Story. It didn't make much of a dent in the marketplace, but this year the company's come back with the Story HD, a new e-ink-based product that it's calling the world's "highest-resolution 6-inch e-reader."

Iriver says the Story HD, which sports an electronic paper display made by LG, offers XGA (768x1,024) resolution and has 63.8 percent more pixels and faster page turn, thanks to an advanced processor from Freescale Semiconductor based on ARM Cortex technology. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and will allegedly have a partnership with a major e-book seller when it's released later this year. No word on how much it will cost, but Iriver did say it would be "competitively priced" when it arrives in the "second quarter" of 2011.

Iriver hasn't given a whole lot of details on the device but obviously the most interesting selling point will be the crisper text that the higher-resolution display delivers. As far as other specs go, the e-reader offers 3 weeks of battery life, has a QWERTY keypad, and supports ePub and PDF formats with DRM.

We're supposed to get a look at the Story HD at the show and will report back on how the screen looks in person.

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