The txtr beagle is an eReader designed to work with you smartphone. It pairs with your Android phone over Bluetooth and you use the txtr app for Android to purchase books and send them to the beagle eReader.
Since the 5 inch eReader doesn’t have WiFi or a USB port, the only way to get books onto the device is with a phone.
That’s why txtr has been partnering with phone companies to sell the beagle. It goes for just about $13 in Europe.
Now it looks like the txtr beagle could be coming to America. The eReader showed up at the FCC website this week — and that’s a step any wireless electronic device has to take before it can go on sale in the States. That doesn’t mean the beagle absolutely will be available for purchase in the US anytime soon though.
Sometimes companies just like to hedge their bets by seeking regulatory approval before making decisions about which markets to sell their products in.
The txtr beagle has a 5 inch, 600 x 800 pixel E Ink display, gets enough battery life from two removable batteries to rear from 12 to 15 books, and has 4GB of storage for up to 5 books. While most eReaders support EPUB, MOBI, or other formats where you can fit hundreds of books in 4GB, the txtr software actually converts books into images before sending them to your phone, which explains why the books take up so much space.
All told, the txtr beagle may be cheaper than most eReaders… but that’s partly because it’s not much like most eReaders.
You can find more pictures, photos of the device’s insides, and a user manual at the FCC website.