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Posted on October 6, 2009 by  & 

Biblio - Toshiba's e-reader mobile phone

Toshiba will showcase its Biblio e-reader mobilie phone at CEATEC, Japan's largest consumer and electronics show which opens today.
One of the unique features to the phone is the slide-out horizontal touch style keyboard, which displays as a numeric keypad in the portrait orientation but automatically morphs into a full QWERTY keypad in landscape mode.
The display that uses MFLEX Pelikon Technology (MorphpadTM) has an integrated lighting system, consumes low power, and is visible in all lighting conditions from wide viewing angles. The display can use various colors, set on a black background, providing high contrast and visual impact using SmartInkTM technology. When power is off, the morphing keypad display shows an appealing clean, black surface.
According to KDDI, one of Japan's leading communication service providers, 5000 e-books can be accessed using "Book Player" which launches with one touch making reading and searching convenient with a wireless LAN service, which will incur a small additional charge for buyers in Japan. Other features reported include:
  • a 3.5-inch full wide VGA++ (resolution: 480 x 960 dots)
  • LCD display designed to prevent others from peeking at your screen
  • 7GB data folder, which comes with 19 different e-dictionaries preinstalled and memory that can be expanded by up to 8GB
  • 5-megapixel camera
The new Biblio phone focuses on the e-book browsing function. Maokato Takahashi, member of the board and associate senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Service & Product Sector at KDDI says, "We now live in an era where books can be read using a mobile phone."
Whilst a phone with an e-reader function is a cool gadget to have, with its 3.5" screen its unlikely to compete in the same market space as the Kindle and Sony.
Release dates are still to be confirmed.

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Posted on: October 6, 2009

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