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Fujitsu sells first color e-paper touch device

updated 11:10 am EDT, Wed March 18, 2009

Fujitsu FLEPia

Fujitsu on Wednesday claimed an achievement by launching the FLEPia. It not only claims the title of the first shipping device with a color e-paper screen, showing 260,000 colors at once on its 768x1024 display, but also supports touch input through a stylus. Users can read e-books and other documents but also browse the web, check e-mail, and edit Office documents thanks to an onscreen keyboard and built-in Wi-Fi.

By using e-paper, the company manages to net 40 hours of active use from a single battery charge by only consuming display power when redrawing the page.

The Japanese creator also provides the FLEPia with Bluetooth that can be used to connect the tablet to the Internet through a cellphone's 3G link. For local storage, Fujitsu depends on an SD card slot and a USB port. It's also possible to use the reader for audiobooks and other sound through both internal speakers and a headphone jack.

Pre-orders start today and price the reader at the equivalent of about $1,018 for the FLEPia's April 20th release date. Fujitsu hasn't indicated whether or not it will export the reader to the US.

The FLEPia theoretically competes against not only major e-book readers like the Amazon Kindle but also color, touchscreen devices used for similar functions, like the iPod touch.

by MacNN Staff



  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969


    a step in the right dir

    I think any device that requires a stylus is basically DOA in the new touch era, but it's good to see a (soon to be) shipping product with color ePaper. That bodes well for new devices over the next few years.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Many a people like a stylus, even in this new touch era. Trying to get the correct buttons to press on my iPod is a pain in the a** at times.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I prefer the stylus

    I so much prefer the stylus over the very imprecise touch screen nonsense. I see touch as a nice back up to a stylus, but not as an effective input system by itself....ESPECIALLY when trying to input chinese on the iphone/ipod touch...with your damn finger!!!

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I have use a Sony Reader for a year now and love it...even with its limitations. This device from Fujitsu is incredible....too expensive right now, but finally colored electronic ink.

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