Tencent Tech, 4/18/11
Liu Yingjian, chairman of Chinese e-reader and handwriting input peripherals manufacturer Hanvon (002362.SZ), recently announced the company's plans for H2 2011, which include releasing Android e-readers in July and Hanvon's first e-readers equipped with touch screens. Also to be released in the second half of the year are 3G-capable Android 2.2 e-readers, e-readers with color displays, and 10-inch display models aimed at professionals. Given the low manufacturing cost of introducing touch screen technology, it will be the first of new feature to be rolled out and will be incorporated into all future low-end and high-end Hanvon devices.
Liu said that the high cost of production and the fact that the price of e-ink displays refuses to come down will be reflected in the price of Hanvon's upcoming color display line of e-readers. Prices for Android e-readers will also be comparatively high, as will those for the 10-inch screen professional models. The most expensive models will be solar-powered e-readers featuring Android, touch screens, and 3G calling capability.