Although we’ve known for a few months now that Samsung had plans to enter the e-reader game, we didn’t know when the device would emerge. Today the company made the device official and what was known as the Papyrus has now become the SNE-50K, at least as far as I can tell.
It sports the same 512mb of storage as the Papyrus, a 4320 continuous page view battery life, 5-inch screen, 6.5oz weight, lack of any wireless connectivity (everything must be downloaded from a computer iPod style) and costs about $270. Right now it’s only available in South Korea, but Samsung says they’ve got plans to show off a prototype e-reader to international markets at CES 2010.
To put it in perspective, Amazon’s Kindle 2 offers a 6-inch screen, wireless connectivity and its very own e-book store.