Entourage eDGe Gets Video Hands on

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.

Entourage eDGe Shaping Up

Entourage eDGe Final versionWhen the news about a new kind of ebook reader from Entourage hit the market, everyone was skeptical. With Amazon’s Kindle and its major competitors like Sony readers already filling the shelves, no one really thought much of this dual screen device that looked more like concept than actual product.

But now it looks like Entourage is pretty serious about making this one work. First there was the fact that the touchscreen side would actually be running a version of Android underneath. Then it was known that the two screens of the device will actually be connected together to provide contextual support. While that might seem like the obvious thing to do, it involves quite a bit of development challenge.

Now that it is on pre-order and waiting to be released, we are getting fresh new details from the folks themselves, courtesy netbooknewds.com.

It was revealed earlier that the eDGe is using a Marvell chipset under the hoods. Now it has become clear that it is using an Armada PX168 processor in order to get things done. The company is also talking about HD videos and 3D graphics. If all of this is pulled off in a respectable way, we can rest assured that this product will be quite a big hit. Just the thought of a fully featured browser with an eBook reader and dual screen to keep the battery life up sounds really exciting.

From the video of the first generation model, it is exciting to see the touchscreen response. Those who have been two-timing between an eBook reader and a netbook, this could a solution in the making.

But without an integrated marketplace like the Whispernet, it will be hard for the company to stay profitable and attractive beyond the initial spurt of interest. As with most of the things that are emerging, only time will tell how things pan out for it.