Panasonic has decided to take the plunge into the world of tablet readers as well, seeing that Toshiba did not miss the boat. Their latest effort will come in the form of the Panasonic UT-PB1, which will see a 7″ display at 1024 x 600 resolution LCD screen in action to boot. This model will eschew an e-paper panel that currently sees action in devices such as the Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble NOOK, so you can be sure that this LCD panel won’t be that nice to look at when you are under direct sunlight.

Having debuted at the e-Book Expo in Tokyo, the Panasonic UT-PB1 will be powered by an unspecified dual-core processor. It does not intend to go up against the iPad according to some analysts, as the target market of this particular device seems headed for e-book buyers who are in their 30s and 40s.

Other hardware specifications include a built-in webcam, Wi-Fi connectivity, a microSDHC memory card slot, an improved user interface as well as browsing and e-mail capability. Each purchase will come with 600 preloaded e-book titles, although we have no idea on how much this will cost, nor will it ever make its way to the US.

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