Samsung pen-enabled eReader launches in South Korea

The new wave of eReaders with pen input has started to trickle into the market, at least in South Korea. There, Samsung has introduced their SNE-60K 6″ eReader with wifi connectivity and pen input via active digitizer.

This e-ink device offers handwriting recognition. Not sure whether that makes your scribbled notes searchable, enables text input, or both, but it definitely adds an advantage overwriting on paper. Slider design hides away navigation buttons when you just want to read or write. Also includes Bluetooth and MP3 playback. Onboard storage is not stated but was previous reported to be 2GB.

At launch in Korea, their content partner is Kyobo Book Center; only known U.S. content partner is Google. Price is 429,000 won,  roughly equivalent to $375.  No word on release elsewhere yet, but let’s hope the pen input is welcomed as a compelling feature.

Via Engadget >E-Reader-info.com > The Korea Herald

4 Comments

  1. SAM

    02/17/2010 at 10:23 pm

    Looks neat, but why so much money for a black and white screen?

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  2. keobuk2

    02/18/2010 at 4:19 am

    It looks like this uses the same stylus as the previous model = pretty terrible inking experience. Unfortunately I haven’t found another stylus that works with it (wacom etc) so bring on the iPad + capacative stylus!

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  3. Irked Inker

    02/21/2010 at 4:54 am

    For US buyers looking for a similar pen-enabled e-ink device, it’s also worth noting that Best Buy is now shipping the IREX Digital Reader DR800SG (which was announced last September) for $400. Uses a Wacom Penabled digitizer for annotation and navigation (yep, your Tablet PC stylus will work, too) and features an 8″ diagonal eInk display at 1024×768 and 16 shades of gray. Yes, it too is pricey, but it looks nice for an e-reader, is probably hackable, and costs significantly less than IREX’s earlier (larger-screened) pen-enabled models. Engadget posted a story about the IREX device 2 hours after its post about the Samsung; not sure why the Samsung made the GBM front page and the IREX didn’t.

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  4. Sumocat

    02/21/2010 at 7:50 am

    Irked Inker: actually, the DR800SG does not have inking capabilities yet. Pen input is purely for navigation pending a firmware update, which I cannot find as being released (or IREX is being really secretive about it). I will be sure to keep an eye out for that though.

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