First colour E Ink ebook reader revealedChinese company Hanvon to release reader in China

08 November 2010

Hanvon ebook reader

Colour is set to be the next frontier for ebook readers, and a Chinese company looks set to be the first to release an ebook reader with a colour E Ink display.

According to The New York Times, Chinese company Hanvon plans to announce the 9.68-inch colour E Ink reader at a trade show in Japan tomorrow. It’ll be sold in China for $440, with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity included, and is intended as a device for business users.

Unlike the similarly sized Apple iPad, which has an LCD screen, the E Ink-based device won’t be able to display video, making it strictly a reading device only. It will, however, retain the benefits of monochrome E Ink devices like the Amazon Kindle, remaining readable in direct sunlight and requiring a fraction of the power an LCD does to power it.

The first of many?

Hanvon may have the first colour E Ink reader, but due to the limitations of colour E Ink, it’s unlikely that Amazon and Sony will follow Hanvon’s lead in producing a colour E Ink reader any time soon. This just leaves the iPad and the recently announced Barnes & Noble Nook Color, which uses an LCD display, as the only colour reader devices on the market.

Read more ebook reader reviews on and why technology editor Matt Bath has ‘turned the page on ebooks’ on the Which? Conversation website.

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