CES 2010: Skiff E-Reader Is Larger Than The Rest
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is underway in Las Vegas. As always, this year's show has been introducing the world to some exciting new technology and crazy new gadgets that make us all scratch our heads. One of the electronics categories that's been seeing ts waistline expand by a few sizes is e-readers. So don't fear if you didn't get that Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook you wanted for Christmas; your options are multiplying by the minute and you may just find something you like better.
One of the first new e-readers out of CES promises to be one of the largest. The 11.5-inch Skiff comes to us from publishing powerhouse Hearst. It beats out the current big boy on the market by nearly two inches (Amazon Kindle DX at 9.7 inches). However, it still manages to keep a slim profile at little more than a quarter of an inch.
Its large profile may make it a bit harder to lug around on the bus, but it is designed to optimize larger forms of e-content such as magazines and newspapers--exactly what Hearst specializes in to begin with.
The Skiff will include both 3G(via Sprint) and Wi-Fi. The flexible touchscreen will deliver a crisp 1200 x 1600 resolution and the device will use a black-and-white e-ink display. Unlike other e-readers that use a glass display, the Skiff makes use of a foil display developed by LG. The result is that it's both flexible and durable, ready to withstand the trials of the daily commute. Skiff weighs about a pound and offers a week or so of battery life per charge.
Content for the Skiff, which promises to offer more graphics and interactivity than the standard e-book, will be available through the Skiff Store. The Skiff will be available through Sprint stores later this year, but dates and pricing have not yet been offered.
This device should be a promising option for e-reader consumers who prefer a fluid, interactive experience over a pocket-sized package. Hopefully, we'll get a little more info on it soon.