Chino, Calif. - Sungale, a China-based maker of digital photo frames and other CE products, will enter the e-reader market in November with its Cyberus-series Smart Info Engine, which features a 7-inch color LCD touchscreen, portable media player (PMP) functions, and WiFi access to web-based audio, video, news and email.
The $279-suggested device, promoted as the first universal portable media device, will be available through Amazon, Sungale's Web site, and other online and brick-and-mortar retailers, the company said.
The device lacks a full-fledged web browser, but the company plans to include one in its next-generation device. It reads books in text and PDF format, and in a planned free software upgrade, users will be able to read books in the ePub format, a spokesperson told TWICE. Although it features Wi-Fi, it doesn't download books via Wi-Fi. Users download books via PC, then side-load them to the device for viewing on its 800 by 480-pixel display. Content is stored in embedded 1GB flash memory and in removable SD/MMC memory cards.
Wi-Fi is put to use to take advantage of preloaded Wi-Fi applications, including audio and video streaming, weather report by ZIP code, RSS feeds for news updates, news from Yahoo or Google, real-time stock quotes, Internet radio, Picasa photo-site access, Gmail alerts, driving directions and YouTube.
The device also display images in JPG, TIF, PNG and BMP formats; plays MP3 audio files; and plays AVI video files. Other features include notepad, calendar, clock and alarm.