Skiff released press shots and specifications of its upcoming eReader. The Skiff Reader has a clean & sleek design with a large 11.5" touchscreen, it simply looks stunning compared to all eBook readers that are on the market today. The device uses a 1600 x 1200 pixel resolution and can be operated with your fingers or a stylus.
The Skiff Reader features a magnesium housing and it promises to be the most durable e-reader yet as it's the first device with a rugged metal-foil e-paper display, eliminating the breakage risk of devices that incorporate glass.
The eReader has 4GB internal memory with over 3GB available for content, a SD memory card slot, built-in speaker, 3.5mm audio jack, mini-USB port, WiFi, and 3G connectivity via Sprint. The device's li-ion battery promises a battery life of one week, and a recharge should take about 2-3 hours.
Pricing and availability is unknown, but these next-gen eReaders definitely look promising.
The Skiff Reader, the initial dedicated device to integrate the upcoming Skiff e-reading service, is remarkably sleek and easy to use. At just over a quarter-inch in overall height, the device is the thinnest e-reader announced to date. It features the largest and highest-resolution electronic-paper display yet unveiled in a consumer device, at 11.5" in size (measured diagonally) and a resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels (UXGA). A full touchscreen enables users to intuitively navigate and engage with the newspapers, magazines, books and other digital content they purchase through the Skiff Store, as well as personal and work documents. The device weighs just over one pound and lasts over a week of average use between charges.
“The Skiff Reader’s big screen will showcase print media in compelling new ways,” said Gilbert Fuchsberg, president of Skiff, LLC. “This is consistent with Skiff’s focus on delivering enhanced reading experiences that engage consumers, publishers and advertisers.”
The Skiff Reader is designed not just for sleekness but also for durability. It is the first consumer product to feature the next-generation of e-paper display – one based on a thin, flexible sheet of stainless-steel foil. This contrasts with the fragile glass that is the foundation of almost every electronic screen – and a primary source of vulnerability and breakage risk in the devices that incorporate them. Skiff has worked closely with LG Display (NYSE: LPL), one of the world’s leading display manufacturers and the innovator of the foil-display technology, to optimize and implement this first-of-its-kind non-glass display uniquely for the Skiff Reader.
Skiff has signed a multi-year agreement with Sprint (NYSE:S) to provide 3G connectivity for Skiff’s dedicated e-reading devices in the United States. Plans are underway to have the Skiff Reader available for purchase later this year in more than 1,000 Sprint retail locations across the U.S., as well as online at www.sprint.com. Availability, pricing, additional distribution channels and other details will be disclosed at a later date.