Kindle やソニーReader と似たような電子書籍端末 Story を販売しているiriverが、CES 2011で新型 Story HDを発表しました。特徴はHDの名のとおり、6インチ画面のまま従来の800 x 600 から1024 x 768 の高解像度になったこと。LG Display 製の電子ペーパーディスプレイを採用しており、Kindle など E Ink製 電子ペーパーディスプレイを使った6インチモデルより6割増しの高精細とより優れたコントラストをうたっています。またARM Cortex-A8ベースのFreescale 製プロセッサを採用しページ送りのほか全体の応答性が向上したのもポイント。ほか基本仕様は前モデルとおなじQWERTYキーボード＆側面ボタン、SDスロット、コンテンツ配布にWiFi、フォーマットはEPUBやDRMにも対応するPDFほか、バッテリー駆動時間は3週間など。ライバルと「競争力のある」価格で今年Q2にも出荷予定。続いてCESから実機のデモ記事をお伝えします。
iriver Unveils The World's Highest Resolution
6" eBook Reader At CES 2011
iriver Teams Up With LG Display To Introduce The iriver Story HD eBook Reader With The Best Legibility Ever, Wi-Fi and Rapid Response
Irvine, CA -- iriver, the award-winning producer of stylish digital devices, unveils the new iriver Story HD eBook at CES 2011, the world's first 6" XGA (768x1024) eBook reader with 63.8% more pixels and faster page turns than the competition.
The iriver Story HD provides better legibility with finer fonts, faster response and performance with an advanced cortex chipset that is soon to be commercialized from Freescale, and automatic, built-in Wi-Fi. The eBook will be able to access content through their major content partner, which will be announced at launch.
The Story HD will also be equipped with the Easy Wi-Fi Network(www.easywifi.com) feature so that users can access any open or subscribed Wi-Fi hot spots automatically without log-in process. Easy WiFi is the the world's largest WiFi network, and with the network supporting thousands of providers, users can also personalize access by extending Easy WiFi to any personal WiFi accounts as well. The service features a map to locate hot spots, classified by capability. Users can find hot spots, get connected, and personalize access, for free.
Chulmin Lee (COO of iriver Ltd. and President of iriver Inc.), said, "iriver is excited to unveil the iriver Story HD at CES as a world's first. No other eBook features a higher resolution, and users will appreciate fast page-turn performance and the chic design that is the hallmark of iriver. "
The slim and lightweight e-reader features the signature; sleek, iriver style, QWERTY keypad, a curve with two-tone colors at the front and back for easy grip and slim design. The Story HD has buttons located from the side to the center of the keypad, featuring the up/down layout instead of the right/left design to make the unit more user friendly than other eBooks – other models feature the right/left buttons for flipping pages.
The iriver Story HD has a 3-week battery life, making it ideal for travel, and supports Adobe EPUB and PDF formats with DRM.
In June 2010, iriver joined forces with LG Display to create the high definition display eBook. Iriver is responsible for product design, accumulated knowledge on e-book technology, including designs and platform development, as well as technical assistance within the joint-venture. LG Display, with its global sales network and world class production skills, provides a stable supply of e-book displays, such as electronic paper displays (EPD).
The iriver Story HD will be competitively priced and available in the second quarter of 2011.
About iriver, Inc.
iriver Inc. is the award-winning producer of iriver digital A/V devices, owned by iriver, Ltd., the global digital A/V product powerhouse. Since its founding in 1999, iriver has become renowned for its product innovation, style-driven technology, and track record of market dominance. The company's ever expanding digital product lines include: Multimedia Devices (MP3. MP4, PMP, DMB), Network Devices (Home Media Center, Wi-Fi Network, Navigation products) and Content Devices (E-Dictionary, E-Book). For more information on iriver and its product lines, please visit: www.iriver.com.