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Copia unveils 5-inch 'social reading' tablet with $99 price

updated 07:10 pm EDT, Thu July 29, 2010

Device targets e-reader market

Copia has unveiled its latest gadget, the Wave5, which offers features that bridge the gap between e-book readers and tablets. The device integrates a 5-inch LCD rather than an E-ink panel or other black-and-white display utilized by most e-readers.

Further details remain slim, although the Wave5 is based on Copia's "social reading" platform that focuses on social networking features alongside the e-book functionality. Users can quickly switch to Facebook or Twitter feeds without leaving a book.

The company offers its own e-book portal, based on the Epub format, with over 400,000 titles available to purchase. The platform has yet to officially launch, however, with current distribution limited to a few hundred beta testers.

The Wave5 has been paired with a budget price tag of just $99, although a ship date remains unknown. The company is also working on several other low-cost tablets with display sizes ranging from 7- to 10-inches. [via WSJ and CrunchGear]

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