Astri MyID Dual Screen eBook Reader

Astri MyID Dual Screen eBook Reader

Astri MyID Dual Screen eBook Reader (Image courtesy Nate's Ebook News)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m still on the hunt for what I consider to be the perfect ebook reader, and with Qualcomm’s Mirasol display technology still a few months away from being available on a consumer-ready product, I think I’m at the point where I just want something cheap to tide me over. And the My Internet Device, or MyID for short, from Astri, could be a contender.

The device incorporates both a 5-inch e-ink display as well as a 4.8-inch LCD touchscreen, and if you’re thinking that sounds kind of small, you’re right. But as you can see in the hands-on video below from Nate’s Ebook News, it still looks completely usable, and extra pocket-friendly.

The device runs Android, has Flash support which seems to be a hot topic at the moment, and is capable of displaying full screen video on the LCD which has a respectable resolution of 800×480. It’s also able to open multiple ebooks at one time, allowing you to flip between them using a jog wheel located between the two displays. According to Astri, the parts used in the prototype only cost about $65, so they’re aiming for a retail price of about $130 to $150 when the device eventually hits the market.

[ Nate’s Ebook News – Hands on video of the Astri dual screen reader ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

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