Hanwang Technology Co Ltd (Hanvon), a China-based company that specializes in handwriting recognition products, has introduced the first 5-inch electronic book series, based on E Ink Corp's Vizplex Display. This effort combines the best of electromagnetic pen input and electronic paper (E-Paper) display into an ultra-portable electronic book targeting mass markets.

According to Hanvon's development team, the electronic book, the N510, consumes very little power, has a paper like appearance, offers 180 degrees viewing and is only 11mm thick. The N510 supports TXT, HTML, PNG, JPG, PDF, XEB, CEB, MP3, MTXT formats on its 167 PPI, SVGA (800 x 600 pixels) E-Paper display. The eBook also features a 1GB SD card and a mini USB port.

Designed for outdoor use, the product features a sunlight readable E-Paper display in a rugged yet slim package. The HD display not only has a paper like appearance, it has no EMI generating backlight/inverter making it suitable for hours of reading.

The Hanvon eBook series is designed for users to read books as well as to input notes, edit and even paint electronically using Hanvon's advanced digital input technologies. The device also features audio listening capability with MP3 support.

The N510 eBook is priced at about Rmb2,000 (US$295).