imageThe Readius, an e-reader/phone hybrid with a five-inch display that you flip open, is now due out in the U.K., Italy and Germany this fall—and the U.S. in early ’09.

Price is supposed to be higher than the Kindle’s $359, if you go by a New York Times report. "It’s an exciting example, but there are going to be a slew of other devices coming soon, too,” display maven Shawn O’Rourke is quoted.

Color and video are expected in time for Redius-style flexible screens, and I suspect resolution will be much better.

Battery life of the Readius is supposed to be a 30 hours.

I can’t wait to see more phone/e-reader combos. While there’ll be demand for dedicated, Kindle-style devices, multi-use gizmos will be the real stars in the world of e-books—whether phones hybrids or general purpose tablets and mini-notebooks.

Related: Earlier TeleRead stories on Readius and a video and comments from Karl McGoldrick, Readius CEO. Oh, and Sara, maybe you can try this one, too, in the bathtub.

(Via Peter Brantley.)


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