German ebook developer, Txtr recently unveiled their new cheap ereader – the Beagle.
Measuring in at only 5mm thick, the txtr beagle comes with a 5-inch e-ink display. It also only weighs 4.5 ounces and takes up only around six cubic inches. However, one of the biggest features that separates the beagle from its competitors is that there’s no chargers or cables necessary.
Reportedly, the beagle fits two AAA batteries at the bottom that can power the device for a whole year. Users can access txtr’s Android reading app to browse and download ebooks and can also connect via Bluetooth to a smartphone in order to transfer ebooks to and from the device.
Further, this ereader fills a volume of only 100CC, so while it might have a larger footprint than the Trekstor Pyrus Mini, it very likely has a smaller volume. The Beagle doesn’t have Wifi or a touchscreen, but it does have something almost as good. It has Bluetooth, and that means you should be able to pass ebooks from your Android smartphone or tablet – no cable required.
That is a really smart move; txtr just made it easy for anyone to add the Beagle to their existing stable of mobile devices without having to worry about the hassle of another set of cables. But the press release does say that this is Android only and that could be an issue.
The Beagle also comes with 4GB of storage (no card slot), and the pared down hardware has resulted in the Beagle weighing in at only 128 grams. Availability hasn’t been announced yet, but it looks like the beagle will release in Europe, Asia, and the US very soon.