Electronic photo frame company Pandigital has announced that it plans to offer a new Android-based eBook reader called the Novel for $199.99. The device features a 7-inch 800 x 600 pixel touchscreen display and weighs a solid 16oz (454g). That’s right, a full pound.
The Novel can read EPUB, PDF, and HTML files, but no mention is made at all of the Android Market, though the press release refers to a number of built-in applications, such as email, full web browser, and photo viewing support. Pandigital says the device runs an (unspecified) ARM11 compatible processor. ARM’s website says that ARM11 processors run anywhere from 350MHz to 1GHz in speed, though I expect that the Novel will run somewhere towards the lower end of that spectrum.
The Novel measures 5.5 x 7.5 x .5 inches in size and appears to come equipped with a full size SD memory card slot, not the more compact microSD card slot we typically see on phones. 1GB of internal storage is available, and the card slot supports cards as large as 32GB in capacity.
Other features include Wi-Fi support, a miniUSB connector, and a 2.5mm stereo headphone jack. I hope that the 2.5 is just a spec-sheet typo and 3.5 was intended, but I’ve seen no proof of that as of yet. The fact that the press release says the Novel has an “edge-to-edge glass screen” seems to imply that it is a capacitive touchscreen, in spite of the fact that resistive touchscreens are less expensive.
Pandigital says that the Novel will be available from 7 “national retailers” starting sometime in June.
Gallery after the jump.
[via The Register]