Hanvon to Release First Color E-ink Reader
Now that e-book readers commonly employ black and white e-ink screens, the question has become, "When will we see it in color?"
Hanvon, an electronics manufacturer has the answer: Soon … if you live in China.
Hanvon will officially announce that the first color e-ink reader will be available in March 2011. It will feature a 10-inch display with touchscreen capabilities. Unfortunately for worldwide consumers, it will only be available in China.
It does raise the question, however, of just how far away are color e-ink readers from the likes of Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Both have monochromatic e-ink readers, the Kindle and Nook, respectively. Barnes & Noble has already sidestepped the question by releasing the Nook Color , which uses a regular LCD screen instead of e-ink, making it more of an Android tablet than a dedicated e-reader.
The Hanvon color e-reader is expected to sell for around $440 in China, which is significantly more than other e-reader prices. That may be part of the reason why Hanvon has no plans to bring the device stateside.