Fujitsu Flepia is slow, expensive, but heralds a color e-paper age


Fujitsu is set to sell its own Kindle-like e-book reader in Japan, with one critical difference from Amazon's offering: the new heart of the new Flepia reader is an 8-inch, 1,024 by 768 pixel touch color.

Pretty pennies must be shined: it costs $1,000, or the price of an industrial newspaper press in five years.

Consider a Flepia when doing your Christmas shopping for me. And my birthday is just 11 months away!

Don't expect this in the Kindle 3 just yet, as the technology needs time to mature: a three-pass screen refresh necessary to rebuild a full 260k color page takes eight seconds. (Even a 64-color image takes almost two.) But it's out of the labs and into a product, which is a huge step towards ubiquity.

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