MSI had gone on record late last year saying that they were looking at building an e-reader device that will compete with the other mainstream offerings that are already there in the market. Whether they changed that plan or are showing something completely new, we don’t know but MSI has been showing off a dual-touchscreen device that looks more like a netbook than an eBook reader. It surely isn’t something as simple and direct as the Kindle, as it seems to be aimed at running a lightweight OS.
MSI probably is not looking at putting Windows 7 on this but they are surely going to be looking at light OS’ like the Chrome OS from Google or the Andrioid Mobile OS, also from Google.
Whether or not this is going to reach mainstream is still unknown because the device is still at a prototype stage without any word about manufacturing plans at the moment. But judging by the way MSI is talking about, it sounds like they fully intend to translate this into a mass market product or at least try to do so.
The comparison with e-book readers mainly comes in because of its similarity to the Courier tablet that is rumored to be under development at Redmond. The dual touchscreen is definitely a good way to emulate a book and it will definitely look good in usage if it does come true. However, there are several things that still stand in the way of making this happen. Battery life is going to be pretty low if there are two normal screens on the device, so they have to switch to something like the Pixel Qi. Graphics is also going to have to be pretty powerful to pull this off the way the demo shows it.
So over all, if it does come to fruition it might be a nice device but that time might be a long way off at this moment.
As time wears on, Entourage is getting closer and closer to finally releasing its Edge ‘dualbook’ device. This dual screen (eInk + LCD touchscreen) toting device has really gotten everybody’s attention. This device is part reader like a Kindle with a touchscreen and part Internet tablet like so many that are in the pipeline. The whole thing is powered by Android and is sounds like an extremely versatile convergent device on paper.
We have posted about this device earlier on this blog. This time the reason is a hands on video with what looks like a prototype of the model that has gone into production. The early prototype that was doing its rounds of the trade shows, was a much bulkier version of what we are looking at now. There is of course news of the device being much smoother, polished and sleeker as it comes out of the production line. But this video, courtesy cnet, gives us a sneak preview of the device.
From the video, it is quite apparent that the developers have corrected the glitches that were very obviously there on the first prototype. The touchscreen behaves very well in this video and the eInk screen reacts very well to the stylus. The time for an image to get projected from the reader screen to the LCD screen makes it look like it is lagging or it could simply be a thing about the video showing the LCD screen after the image has appeared.
Over all, the new version is as sleek as the dummy models that were on display and the Android OS inside it looks pretty nifty too. If it works as well as we think it does, this could spark a whole new line of ‘Dualbooks’ in the market. There’s no denying that many of us are carrying around a netbook and a reader, wishing there was one device that gave the advantages of both. We just have to see if it poses a threat to the current market topper — the Kindle.