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Samsung Rolls Out SNE-60 e-Book Reader

Consumer Electronics giant Samsung has announced the launch of its e-book reader, the SNE-60, which falls short of being what some might consider to be an iPad killer.

Launched in February 2010 in Korea, The device, which will be launched within the next few weeks, is closer in design to the Kindle. it measures a mere 17.1x12x1.6mm with a 6-inch E-Ink screen with 8-level of greys.

It has enough onboard capacity to be able to store up to 1400 books on its internal 2GB Flash memory with additional storage space thanks to a SD card reader.

Surprisingly, the SNE-60 can download contain via a WiFi connection and is compatible with text, PDF and ePub files; it even comes with text to speech functionality with "accurate pronunciations" according to Samsung's PR.

The ebook reader supports handwriting and comes with an electronic dictionary. Another useful addition is the MP3 player which has two 0.3w speakers; We still don't know what how much it will cost at launch and what's the battery life.

Graham Long, vice president of Samsung’s IT business division, said that "Samsung's arrival in the e-book reader market is significant as we are bringing unique functionality to this developing market".

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.