Samsung E6 and E101: eBook Readers With a Sense of Stylus

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The Samsung E6 and E101 are the first eBook readers with electromagnetic resonance stylus that let you take notes and scribble as you read, with what Samsung claims is vastly improved functionality over competitive models.

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Samsung's partnership with Google Books means that there's a lot of content that will already be loaded at launch, and the two readers support both Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth.


The screens aren't backlit, which according to Samsung will provide a more natural reading experience, and it looks like you'll have your choice of stylus thickness.

The E6 and E101 will both be available early this year, for $399 and $699, respectively.


Samsung's New E-book Series Boasts First-of-its-Kind Functionality with a Precision Stylus Pen

Las Vegas, January 6, 2009 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, today unveiled its first e-book devices, with six-inch and ten-inch screen size offerings, at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The E6 and E101 further solidify Samsung's position as a global leader in display technology by raising the bar on the quality of writing capabilities for e-books.

"We've used our expertise to create a high-quality e-book with today's on-the-go consumer in mind," said Young Bae, director of display marketing, Samsung Information Technology Division. "Samsung is addressing a common frustration that users experience with many of today's digital readers with a stylus that allows them to annotate their favorite works or take notes. Coupled with wireless functionality that enables sharing of content, this is a truly multi-faceted device.."

Handwriting Capabilities

Unlike other e-book devices, Samsung's E6 and E101 enables handwriting directly onto the display, allowing users to annotate their reading selections, calendars and to-do lists with a built-in electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus pen. This dedicated pen prevents mistypes caused by hands and other objects that may graze the screen's surface. A variety of pen and eraser thicknesses make the Samsung e-books perfect for drawing and writing.

Low Power Consumption

The Samsung e-book displays reflect light naturally and deliver an appearance similar to that of printed paper, allowing people to read more naturally than they would with other backlit electronic paper devices. The E101 boasts a ten-inch screen, while the E6, is the more portable sibling at six inches. Because Samsung's e-book is not backlit, the power consumption is lower than that of other portable display devices. Only four hours of charging prepares the battery for up to two weeks of use, depending on the extent of daily use.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Wireless

Samsung's e-books are equipped for wireless connectivity as well. Wi-Fi 802.11b/g allows users to download content such as books and newspapers from a server wirelessly, as well as to share certain content with other devices. Bluetooth 2.0 is also a built in feature.
The Samsung E6 and E101 will be priced at $399 and $699, respectively. They will be available in early 2010.

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Electromagnetic resonance is the basis of how WACOM tablets work and IREX's readers (iliad and dr1000) have been using them for years.

Any info on the resolution of these models? If the 6" is the standard 600x800, then $400 seem awfully expensive.