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RedFox to offer WizLib eBook Reader

During our forum on eReaders with the CyberPress one of the speakers, who is from RedFox, presented their very own version of an eBook Reader (eReader) which they said will be released locally.

Dubbed the RedFox WizLib, these thin and light eReaders come in three sizes — a 5″ display, a 6″ display and a 9.7″ display. They are also very thin and light — starting from 10.2mm going down to just 7.7mm.

Powered by the same technology as the Amazon Kindle, the RedFox WizLib will have options for WiFi and 3G connectivity so you can use the device to download content and also surf the net. It also supports a large number of file formats and can even play mp3s.

RedFox representatives could not give an exact price but they said the smallest model could be in the Php12k range and the bigger one is around Php15k.

They will be sending me review units once everything is ready so I’ll post more of these when I get them.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

41 Responses

  1. Avatar for Enrique Enrique says:

    Where could i buy this?

  2. Avatar for phylliscalanoy phylliscalanoy says:

    just ordered mine for 1,500 from Lazada! can’t wait hehe

  3. Avatar for Zelesable Zelesable says:

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is magnificent blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.
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  4. Avatar for thea thea says:

    Anyone knows where i can buy redfox tablets in the Netherlands?

  5. Avatar for Miss `C Miss `C says:

    I want an ebook reader too. Pero I want a cheaper one. I’ll be waiting for the review. :)

  6. Avatar for Mike Mike says:

    I’ve been searching for an e-ink e-book that’s in the Php 5K or less range for ages. I’ve inquired from Chinese manufacturers and while they quote low, I think most are TFT/LCD displays ‘pretending’ to be e-ink/e-paper like what CDR-king is currently selling.

    I guess it’s just a matter of time till the price goes below Php 5K. In the meantime I’ll just use my Droid for reading e-books and e-pub repositories like eforuli.com for storage. :D

  7. Avatar for jun jun says:

    i bought one 5 inch redfox ebook reader but was disappointed. There are missing features contrary to the specifications posted in the net, re: dictionary, etc..

  8. Avatar for Rodney Garcia Rodney Garcia says:

    Nice interface. Kindle-like. Unfortunately, its grayscale. It would be weak to read colored e-books or magazine-like pdf files with that. But if it is really just for e-book purposes, I think it would be a good deal.

    First time I saw this was at the SMX Manila Bookfair. Since then, I haven’t seen them at all.

    Anyone here would know where I can test one of these?

  9. Avatar for Freddie Freddie says:

    Mas mahal pa ito sa kindle! Is it better?

  10. Avatar for Pendong Pendong says:

    I wonder how much we’ll have to eventually shell out to buy a Kindle after Crocodile Jones – The Son of Indiana Dundee sniffs our package either at PhilPost or Customs. :)

  11. Avatar for nardaraine nardaraine says:

    yuga,pls help me to decide what gadget to choose where i can put a lot of audio books, bcoz as i understud, ung may e-books lang ang madami dito?minsan kc natatamad akong magbasa gusto ko makinig na lang. ano ba maganda?

  12. Avatar for Paulo Paulo says:

    Hmm…the 6″ Kindle WiFi only which will be available in the Philippines is only $139 so that’s around 8k with shipping already. I hope this one will be lower than that, specially the 5″ model.

  13. Avatar for jin kazama jin kazama says:

    @dyosa
    im one of the testers of that product…i don’t know when will they release it on the market…hintay lang nandyan na rin sya..parang Starcraft 2 ahihihihi

  14. Avatar for dyosa dyosa says:

    i want this!
    do you have any idea kung kailan lalabas sa market?

    i tried emailing redfox, pero return to sender eh. i used the email ad published in their site

  15. Avatar for mel mel says:

    6″ Display Panel (15,999)
    (600×800 Pixels resolution)
    Supports 16 Level Gray-scale
    192mm x 125mm x 10.3 mm (260g)

    gray-scale? meron po ba colored display?

  16. Avatar for Jerome G. Jerome G. says:

    The Redfox Wizlib is no different with the Boeye Sibrary G6 http://en.sibrary.com.cn/

  17. Avatar for gchang gchang says:

    When RedFox was here in SM Cebu last July 16-18,
    they hinted that the price would be as follows:

    5″ Display Panel (11,999)
    (600×800 pixels resolution)
    Supports 16 Level gray-scale
    148mm x 102 mm x 7.7mm (150g)

    6″ Display Panel (15,999)
    (600×800 Pixels resolution)
    Supports 16 Level Gray-scale
    192mm x 125mm x 10.3 mm (260g)

    9.7″ Display Panel (27,999)
    (600×800 Pixels resolution)
    Supports 16 Level Gray-scale
    271mm x 183mm x 10.2mm (600g)

    Looks like the Kindle DX is a better buy (minus the wifi which the wizLib has)

  18. Avatar for MobilePinas MobilePinas says:

    Hi Yuga, hope you could do a review about it.

  19. Avatar for hubes hubes says:

    @yuga – flock can run in kindle or this e-reader?

    **@hubes – try Flock.

  20. Avatar for Abe Olandres Abe Olandres says:

    @lawrence – actually, they’ll have one in September. just waiting for the photos and details over email.

  21. Avatar for Karl Mac Karl Mac says:

    Wake me up when CDRKing offers a cheaper version. I’ll just get a netbook in the meantime.

  22. Avatar for Teknisyan Teknisyan says:

    @Yuga
    hehe.. I guess it’s the more the merrier.. lols.. plus consumer have a lot of choices!! ;)

  23. Avatar for lawrence lawrence says:

    I wish they can invest on tablets (android) than these stuffs. I mean tablets can beat what these readers can offer any time of the day.. like efficient web browsing..proper video playing, etc. and its a little steep for the price..

    @yuga

    please suggest redfox to try tablets products. Im sure there is a bigger market for it than ereaders. Thanks!

  24. Avatar for mr. bogus mr. bogus says:

    hmmm mahal ang price… compare to branded…
    as of now wala pa ako tiwala sa redfox.. made in the phil kung di ako nagkakamali

  25. Avatar for deuts deuts says:

    With the prices you mentioned that they should be offering them, do they really intend to compete with the Kindle? With that price, and if I have to choose between it or the Kindle, I’d definitely go with the Kindle!

  26. Avatar for Calvin Calvin says:

    these are pricey. i expect the lowest model to be way below 10k. the sony readers are getting cheaper also.

  27. Avatar for JP JP says:

    @Rico

    I was thinking of that too. With the basic idea that the average Filipino makes only about 10k-15k monthly, why crop up an ebook reader that costs two times more than the Kindle?

    Either way, it’s still a good start.

    I hope LG releases its own ebook reader soon. They offer really low prices on their products that are being sold in the Philippines.

    Time to spice up the competition!

  28. Avatar for Rico Zuñiga Rico Zuñiga says:

    This is good to know but I hope they lower the price considering the Kindle is now down to $189 or roughly P8,700.

  29. Avatar for Abe Olandres Abe Olandres says:

    @teknisyan – it’s like asking if we need another laptop or another cellphone.

    @mike – they did not specify but I remember them saying it can do Kindle, Nook, ePub, PDF, Text, etc.

  30. Avatar for Mike B. Mike B. says:

    Hi Yuga,

    Any idea what formats will it support? Will it be limited to the Amazon Kindle format? Or can it handle PDFs, docs, html, rtf and txt? Thanks!

  31. Avatar for Teknisyan Teknisyan says:

    Do we really even need another ebook reader? does redfox plan to put up their own online store for the content?

  32. Avatar for Abe Olandres Abe Olandres says:

    @jpcaparas – yes, they say it does. I will have to confirm that once I get to test it myself. The Kindle can do 3 weeks daw e.

    @hubes – try Flock.

  33. Avatar for hubes hubes says:

    @yuga is there a browser program where you can check email and surf?

  34. Avatar for JP JP says:

    I’ll buy this if the battery can last up to a week of exhaustive usage.

  35. Avatar for Abe Olandres Abe Olandres says:

    @glenn – it’s very hard to kill the habit of “publish now, edit later”.

  36. Avatar for Glenn Santos Glenn Santos says:

    Sorry to nitpick but as one of the blogs us Pinoys look up to, I think you can do a bit better on the writing, Yuga. Are these articles even checked before publishing? I count two errors already in the first sentence alone.

    I’m not one to criticize, especially on a blog I enjoy but I hope we can show those other tech blogs that we can at least match their post quality.

  37. Avatar for Rom Rom says:

    I saw this already not too long ago – Jerome Gotangco has one but not from RedFox. It is, if I dare say, exactly the same.

  38. Avatar for arnold arnold says:

    wait, the interface looks better than the Kindle. May icons.

  39. Avatar for Abe Olandres Abe Olandres says:

    @rom – yup!

  40. Avatar for arnold arnold says:

    This is great news! Libraries which are planning to go “digital” can use this instead of importing Kindles and Nooks.

  41. Avatar for Rom Rom says:

    Yuga, does the screen also do a refresh when turning pages? Flicker effect?

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