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Fujitsu moves colour e-reader to pre-order stage

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Move over Amazon, Fujitsu has begun taking pre-orders for what’s thought to be the world’s first e-book reader with a colour screen.

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Fujitsu's Flepia: for e-reading in colour

Called Flepia, the device's screen has a 768 x 1024 resolution and is 2in larger than the 6in display found on Amazon’s recently launched Kindle 2. Flepia’s screen has a 1.8s refresh rate, so it’s not designed for movies, and can be operated by a “digital pen” and “touchscreen buttons”.

It’s worth noting that the screen doesn’t use a backlight, which should help conserve battery life. Fujitsu insists it's well-readable outdoors, from which we assume means it's a trans-flective panel.

Speaking of battery life, Fujitsu said Flepia’s power pack should hold out for 40 hours after a full charge. The gadget’s 12.5mm thick – at its slimmest part - and weighs in at around 385g.

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Wireless, Bluetooth, SD storage and a slim design

Wireless communication is catered for, with 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 included. An SD card slot that supports cards of up to 4GB is built in, and data can also be moved off of or on to the device through its USB 2.0 port.

Running Windows CE 5.0, Flepia will display several eBook formats and a whole host of alternative file formats, including PDF, TXT and Word documents. It also has built-in stereo speakers, should you want to jazz up your reading experience.

Fujitsu’s Flepia is currently available to order in Japan ahead of its April ship date. It's priced at ¥99,750 (£728/$1011/€775). Fujitsi hasn't said when or if it'll bring Flepia to Europe. ®

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