There are two new entrants to the e-reader arena via Pocketbook with their new 603 and 903 e-readers that just appeared at the FCC. Although these two e-readers are new to North America they have been available in Germany for a short period of time. These new e-readers will have CDMA and EVDO technology, which means it will have 3G connectivity in North America.
The Pocketbook 603 will feature a 6 inch touch screen via e-ink that will function much like a Wacom and will come with a stylus. You will have a resolution of 600×800 pixels and will have 166 DPI. This model will be running a Samsung 53 MHZ CPU processor and have 256 MB of RAM. Built in memory is relegated to 2 GB, but you can expand on this via the microSDHC card up to 32 GB. This model will have 3G, WIFI, and Bluetooth.
We are also looking at the new Pocketbook 903 e-reader which will be a 9.7 touch screen e-ink model with a resolution of 825×1200 pixels. This new model will have a Samsung CPU processor with no word on the speed as of yet. It will also have 256 MB of RAM and 2 GB of internal memory. You can further enhance the memory via the MicroSDHC card up to 32 GB.
Both e-readers will continue to read a tremendous amount of ebook formats, an aspect that makes Pocketbook famous in the e-reader world. It will easily read CHM, DJVU, DOC, DOCX, EPUB, FB2, FB2.ZIP, HTML, PDF, PRC (Mobipocket), RTF, TCR, TXT formats.
Although details are a bit sketchy at the moment both of the e-readers will have access to the Pocketbook eBook store so you can download and purchase books directly on the device. From the FCC reports it also looks like these two new e-readers will have access to magazines and newspapers.
No details on availability or pricing yet, but normally when new devices hit the FCC they are generally released a few months later, so we might see some new e-readers from Pocketbook out very soon. Many of the FCC emails we have looked at compare the two new e-readers to the 603 and 903 with the addition of 3G and some new features.
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Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.