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Sagem Offers Up Binder eReader


Sagem Offers Up Binder eReader

Sagem, the French tech manufacturer, has today announced the launch and availability of the Binder eReader.

Sagem isn’t launching it directly however, but is making it available as a white label product with the idea that third-party companies will take the product and offer it with their own branding. So far, French retailer FNAC has picked it up and will be offering it as the FnacBook, while in Italy it’s been picked up by Telecom Italia. We’ve not heard of any UK retails taking it on at this point.

The Binder’s specs are 152mm x 123mm x 10.7mm, making it shorter, but slightly thicker than the Kindle and at 240g it weighs exactly the same. It offers embedded 3G and Wi-Fi and has 16GB of internal memory and supports the ePub format, which the Kindle doesn’t.

Interestingly from a tech perspective the Binder’s 6in display uses e-paper tech from Sipix rather than e-Ink. The advantage of Sipix’s tech is that if also offers a capacitance touch screen, which should make it easier to interactive with. Sipix has a colour display on its roadmap, so this is definitely is a technology worth keeping an eye on.

There’s no exact information on battery life for the Binder, but Sagem said it will last for 8,000 page turns.

The price of the Sagem Binder is 199 Euros, which is around £173 – so it’s more expensive than the Kindle. We can’t really see anyone seriously competing with the Kindle and its associated Store, but it’s good to see others trying, and by offering better eReader tech, it should help to keep the market moving forward.


October 28, 2010, 9:05 pm

Is that really a white screen or some marketing airbrush at work? If it's propper white, it might be a winner!


October 28, 2010, 10:45 pm

According to my chrome extension automatic currency converter (and - now I've checked - wolfram alpha as well) $199 is closer to £125.


October 29, 2010, 2:38 am

@itsallgonepearshaped - Yes, doesn't it look white. Much more than the example on the display manufacturer's website:


I call probable foul, but who knows... the technology's improving all the time.


October 29, 2010, 2:41 am

AlexMck is right, $199 converts to just under £125. Kindle with 3G + WiFi 6" screen is marked £149 on Amazon UK, so the Binder is LESS expensive.


October 29, 2010, 5:54 am

52mm x 123mm x 10.7mm

surely those dimensions are wrong?


October 29, 2010, 12:38 pm

Although of course all US prices are quoted ex-VAT


October 29, 2010, 12:42 pm

@ Benny

Good. The branding shouldn't be important with this kind of device because your final point is the most pertinent. Like a hard drive or DVD player, the more utilitarian the concept of an e-reader becomes, the more devices will be released, and hopefully we'll get a race to take us below that magic £90 mark.

It's why I'm sceptical of the Nook Color. I don't think there's any room for inbetweener products now. Let the tablet manufacturers war with Apple over how many features they can cram in, so dedicated e-readers can try to outbid the Kindle for affordability. The hardware shouldn't matter as much as the books, which are expensive enough as it is. (At the risk of contradicting myself though, basic 3G browsing on the new Kindle is cool and perhaps worth a premium, but I really don't think they should add anything else.)

Benny Har-Even

October 29, 2010, 6:04 pm

@AlexMck, @GMIC - Indeed, that should have been &#8364, not $, hence the price. Corrected.

@ pinkllama - Yes, that should be 152mm. The 1 fell off.

...Apart from that, perfect.

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