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Amazon.com’s E-Book Reader Details Leaked

Amazon’s upcoming e-book device had its details revealed this morning when the FCC published a PDF on the device which included specifications and pictures. For those of who don’t quite remember, Amazon started out with the goal of being the premier online book store — of course today it’s much bigger than that. Amazon’s e-book reader, called the Kindle, is a monochromatic display that competes with the likes of Sony’s own Reader.

Despite being designed to display e-books, Amazon’s reader also comes with a full keyboard. Unlike Sony’s product, Amazon’s Kindle will let users type up their own documents or edit existing ones. No details on what formats the Kindle will be able to save to have been released. The following are its specifications:

  • Screen: 6-inch monochromatic 4-level gray scale LCD
  • Resolution: 600×800 pixels
  • Storage: 256MB internal
  • Expansion: SD slot
  • Audio: built-in speaker with 3.5mm stereo jack
  • Connectivity: EV-DO/CDMA wireless, USB 2.0
  • Size: 4.9-inches by 7.5 inches, 0.7 inches thick
  • Weight: 10.2 ounces

The Kindle is larger than Sony’s Reader primarily because of the keyboard. The Kindle also has wireless connectivity, which the Reader does not. The Kindle will be manufactured by Hon Hai Precision, which is otherwise known as Foxconn. No release date has been announced.

Responsible for also manufacturing Apple’s line of iPods, Foxconn was recently in a legal debacle over articles published about its treatment of employees. Apple launched a probe into Foxconn and revealed that while most situations were pleasant, Foxconn’s employees still felt that there were areas that needed drastic improvement. Foxconn then went on to sue the two authors that published the original report but later dropped the suit due to pressure from the media.

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