Spring Design's dual-screen Alex e-reader was officially announced this morning with a February 22 launch date and a $399 price tag.
That's about $150 more than the Barnes & Noble Nook, which is positioned to be far more popular thanks to its backing by the nation's largest book retailer.
The Alex has a 6-inch electronic paper display and a 3.5-inch color LCD display driven by Google Android. It supports Wi-Fi, 3G, EVDO/CDMA and GSM, and has a removable microSD card for storage.
It's an open systems device with the ability to download any book or document that conforms to the Adobe ePUB/PDF/DRM standard or .txt or HTML.
I managed to play around with the e-reader, and rather enjoyed it. Here's another pic from CES Unveiled:
Is a $150 premium too steep for this device? I think so. What do you think?