Samsung is set to launch its own e-book reader, the Samsung SNE-60, sometime later in 2010. Featuring a slider form factor, the Samsung SNE-60 e-book reader has a 6-inch grayscale e-ink display screen and measures 171 x 120 x 16 mm. It can store up to 1200 books and allows users to add more using microSD cards.
Graham Long, vice president of Samsung’s IT business division, said, “Samsung’s arrival in the e-book reader market is significant as we are bringing unique functionality to this developing market.”
The Samsung SNE-60 e-book reader comes with an electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus that enables users to write notes and annotate reading selections.
Users can download books and newspapers from the net and share them via Wi-Fi with specifications of 802.11b/g.
“The addition of Wi-Fi and accurate handwriting functionality will take the user experience to a new level, and ensure that e-book readers continue to grow in popularity,” Long said.
The Samsung SNE-60 e-book reader also allows users to listen to audio books and music using a built-in MP3 player.
Other specifications of the Samsung SNE-60 e-book reader include support for formats such as ePub, PDF, TXT, BMP, and JPEG formats and built-in dictionaries. There is also a text-to-speech feature that will read out books with accurate pronunciations, Samsung has said.
The company has not revealed the price of the Samsung SNE-60 e-book reader or the exact date on which it will be launched.