Toshiba is following the foot-steps of Fujitsu, a Japanese electronics manufacturer in making and selling a colored e-book reader which is named as BookPlace DB50. It’s a 7-Inch tablet which will have direct access for e-readers to a huge inventory of T’s BookPlace store with 43,000 different magazines and e-books in Japanese language.
T’s BookPlace store is expected to increase the inventory of available e-book titles to over 100k plus by March, 2012 which will make it the largest book store in its regional market. It has been operational since the year 2010 in United States and well managed by Toshiba.
Toshiba has withheld most of the platform details of the device; however it is known to be based on immensely modified Android 2.3.4 and the special Linux version.
Here are the technical specifications of the BookPlace DB50 –
- 7-inch color TFT LCD with 600×1,024 resolution and LED backlight (touchscreen)
- Freescale i.MX535 CPU (1.0GHz)
- 8GB memory
- 1GM RAM
- IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
- 5 buttons: HOME, MENU, BACK, CONTINUE, VOLUME
- Bluetooth 2.1
- micro USB 2.0 slot, microSD slot
- mono speaker (for MP3 playback)
- 7.5 hours battery life
- size: 190×120×11mm, weight: 330g
The e-book reader is expected to be priced at US $284 accompanied with a US $64 coupon which can be used to purchase different titles from the e-book store. Toshiba is looking at February 10, 2012 date to start selling BookPlace DB50 in the Japanese market.