Amazon's Kindle DX may have made some headlines
when it was announced thanks to its 9.7-inch screen, but now Sprint and Skiff
plan to take the crown for offering the largest e-reader
on the market. The
new Skiff Reader is just over a quarter of an inch thick, yet it manages to
squeeze an 11.5-inch touchscreen display into its body.
The1200 x 1600 touchscreen is capable of responding to both
finger and stylus input. In addition to being sleek, the Skiff Reader is
designed for durability, featuring the next-generation of e-paper display. This
display is based on a thin, flexible sheet of stainless steel foil from LG
The e-reader offers 4GB of on-board storage, 3GB of which is
available for storing content. For additional storage, the Skiff Reader has a
SD card expansion slot. There's also a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can side-load
content using a mini USB jack or Wi-Fi. What's even better, there will also be 3G
connectivity built in to the
device. The 3G service will be provided by Sprint
which will dedicate
some retail store space to make the reader more accessible for purchase.
Skiff claims the device weighs just over a pound and can
last over a week of average use between charges. The Skiff Reader will
integrate the upcoming Skiff e-reading service. You'll be able to purchase content
through the Skiff Store as well as load your own personal and work documents.
Pricing is not yet available. The reader is expected to ship
sometime this year.