Samsung's Papyrus E-book Reader Joins the Party

In the battle for e-book reader domination, Samsung's Papyrus—a new touchscreen model—proves to be a formidable foe against the Amazon Kindle and Sony PRS-700 behemoths.

The A5 paper-size Papyrus features a stylus and 512MB of memory, and comes in a range of colours, including white, black, and a retro sea-foamy green. The e-book reader also includes handy applications: a memo pad, scheduler, calendar, world clock, calculator, and contact list.

Papyrus' biggest drawback is that it lacks any sort of EVDO or wireless connectivity, meaning the user will be tethered to their PC to obtain new content. However this may be a moot point because it's common to most e-book readers, aside from the new Kindle.

The e-book reader is set to hit shelves in Korea this summer and will launch at a later date in the UK and U.S. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but is expected to be $US299—about $US60 cheaper than the Kindle and $US100 cheaper than Sony's model. [Pocket-lint]

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