2010 really is shaping up as the year of the e-book reader. The latest entry: iRex's $US400 DR800SG. It has an 8.1-inch touchscreen, 3G Gobi chip with unlimited Verizon data access and wireless downloads from Barnes & Noble's e-book store.
It will also be able to download over 1100 newspapers from Newspapers Direct, and support the open ePub book format. And while the Kindle's CDMA connectivity ties it to Sprint, the DR800SG's Qualcomm Gobi chip means it should work on overseas HSDPA networks.
The DR800SG should hit Best Buy stores next month, but we won't know what it looks like, or full specs (ink technology, resolution, memory, etc), until later today. Stay tuned. [New York Times]