Kyobo Book Centre, Korea’s largest seller of books, has announced the retail availability of the world’s first e-reader to include mirasol® display technology.
The touch enabled Kyobo e-Reader features a 5.7″ XGA format (1024 x 768 pixels) mirasol display (screen resolution of 223 ppi) and Qualcomm’s 1.0 GHz Snapdragon™ S2 class processor and runs a custom interface on top of Android 2.3 .
mirasol uses the ambient light in the environment to generate color as compared to the films, polarizers and many layers of materials used in standard display technologies on the market today. A mirasol display uses near-zero battery power to maintain a static image and needs no backlighting resulting in much longer battery life with low power consumption. Using reflective mirrored surfaces, they’re easier to see in bright/outdoor conditions because they reflect light out and are useable in direct sunlight without glare or washout like “traditional” colour LCD screens.
Currently only available in bookshops in South Korea for KRW349,000 (approx US$310).
Anyone know of a good South Korean forward-shipping service ??