Budget electronics maker Slick is preparing to launch a new eBook Reader called the ER-701. It showed up at the FCC website this week, and you can find the user manual (PDF link) at the Slick support site.
The company already offers an eReader called the Slick ER-700. It’s a cheap eBook reader with a 7 inch color LCD display. It’s designed to work with Kobo‘s digital bookstore, but while most eReaders with E Ink displays including the Kobo Touch typically sell for over $100, the ER-700 is available for as little as as $80.
There aren’t many details available about how the new model will differ from the ER-700, but the user manual shows that the buttons have all been moved from the bottom of the device to the right side. The ER-701 user manual also shows a video player — but the company’s original eReader also had a video player, it just didn’t include any documentation for that feature.
The device appears to have a 2100mAh, 7.77 Whr battery.
The Slick ER-701 eReader isn’t going to offer the super-long battery life that you get from a model with an E Ink display, and it will be harder to read in direct sunlight. It doesn’t appear to have a touchscreen and the user manual makes no mention of WiFi — although the fact that I found the eReader on the FCC website seems to suggest it could have some sort of wireless capability.
But if the company’s first model is anything to go by, the new Slick eReader will likely have one thing going for it: a low price.