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Dasung has created an ereader with fast E ink display

2019-03-19

Ereader product development is going through a very active period, especially in China. In addition to traditional e-reader devices solely targeted at reading ebooks, and recent products that can be used for note taking as well, Dasung has created a 7.8 inch product with such a fast E ink display that the company believes it can be used for viewing videos.
dasung not ereader and phone connected
Originally designed for displaying text only, E ink is a special screen commonly used in ereader devices. The devices that have an E ink display are pleasant to view even for long periods. The screen doesn’t emit light (unless a front light for reading in a dim corner is turned on), it doesn’t flicker, and the text is sharp.

Normal E ink displays in ereaders can only show black and white, and a number of gray shades. No colors, and viewing videos has been practically impossible so far. This is what Dasung wants to change: provide an eye-friendly, flicker-free viewing experience for more applications than ebooks.
dasung not ereader is an e-reader and pc monitor
The company has even labeled the product as Dasung Not Ereader to emphasize the fact it can do more than ebooks. The Not Ereader is marketed as a second screen for a PC, or for a phone. Since the device can be connected to a PC, tablet, or phone that are used for viewing web pages and videos, it must manage those cases as well.

A video that shows the Dasung Not Ereader refreshing the screen really fast for documents, ebooks and web pages:

Another video that is playing on the Dasung Not Ereader shows an ice skater moving fast across the ice:


In this sports video, it is obvious that the E ink screen technology can’t provide the same sharp viewing experience as LCD or LED, but still, Dasung has taken a significant step in ereader technology for making them more universal devices.
dasung not ereader with bluetooth keyboard
Writers might be interested in the Dasung Not Ereader because it provides two primary functions writers need: reading and writing. The device can be used as an ordinary ereader, and as a writing tablet. It is possible to connect a Bluetooth keyboard to the device and type a new chapter to a manuscript, or a draft of an article. Anyone who wants to take as few electronic devices as possible along for a trip might find this useful.

When the Not Ereader product deliveries start, the price is USD 369 plus delivery costs.
dasung not ereader for audiobooks

Dasung Not Ereader key features and specifications

– Used as a PC monitor: Mac, iPhone, iPad via HDMI cable, and Android mobile device, Windows PC wirelessly (Wi-Fi).
– Powered by Android operating system software.
– 7.8-inch E-ink screen.
– 1872 x 1404 display resolution, 300 ppi, front light.
– Ebook formats PDF, EPUB, TXT, MOBI, JPG, PNG.
– Quad Core Processor.
– Wi-Fi.
– Bluetooth.
– 2GB of RAM.
– Memory card slot.
– Stereo audio.
– 5300mAh battery.

Is reading on an e-reader considered screen time?

2019-02-25

Many parents restrict the time their children (or parents themselves) can access phones, tablets or any electronic devices with a screen. But what about an ereader? Kindle, Kobo, Nook or another device that is designed for reading ebooks has a screen. The difference is that these products have a black-and-white display that doesn’t emit light (unless the optional front light is turned on). Let’s find out what science says about screen time and ereaders.
e-reader on top of paper book stack in sunshine
References to studies that indicate the bright color screens of phones, tablets and computers (LCD and LED technology that emit light) are harmful to the eyes frequently circulate on the internet, just like studies that prove they are not harmful at all. Which is correct? Well, let’s look at the big picture first.

Does your back ache if you sit in a same position through your work day? Do your feet hurt if you stand your entire work shift? Yes, they probably do ache. The same applies to eye muscles. The key is to take breaks from an activity, and give muscles a rest every once in awhile.

Optometrists recommend taking a break

North American Optometrists believe that the essential method to avoid eye strain is to take breaks and let eyes rest – independent of the media used for reading. You may read paper books, ebooks on an ereader or on a tablet – it really doesn’t matter – as long as you take a break every 20 minutes. Optometrists remind that reading a printed book in dim light causes eye strain, as well as a screen that is too bright.
digital nomad working at a terrace near fruit farms of Murcia

This is the fastest medium for learning

Some people like printed books, others like ebooks. If you ask which one is better for reading and learning, answers vary.

Scientists have studied the reading speed on paper, E ink (e-ereader) screen and LCD (tablet) screen. The research paper LCD vs. E-ink: An Analysis of the Reading Behavior concludes that there are no significant differences in reading speed and reading behavior between paper, ereader and tablet. This is after readers have become familiar with their new devices.

“As we know from earlier studies the reading process
when reading on an e-ink-reader is very similar to the
reading process when reading a classic paper book
(Siegenthaler et al., 2011). Since the results in the present
study show that reading on a tablet is not worse than
reading on an e-ink-reader we can conclude that reading
on a tablet is under artificial light conditions not worse
than reading on a classic paper book.”

blue sky and clouds

Eyeglasses with blue light filter

Blue light emitted by color screens has made many people worry because some studies claim it can cause serious diseases, whereas other studies argue blue light can be a cure for high blood pressure and other conditions.

A balanced approach by a number of scientists, however, emphasizes that blue light has always existed, and we have always been affected by it. Look at the blue sky. Natural sleep cycle, and getting enough sleep is the key thing instead of panicking because of the effects of blue light.

If you are offered new reading eyeglasses with a blue light filter (like I was recently), think twice.

The answer

No, reading on an ereader doesn’t have to be counted as screen time – if the device is used for reading. Pay attention to the light so that the screen gets enough light. Take a brief break every 20 minutes for the eyes.

If the screen time restrictions concern social media, YouTube, Instagram, and messaging, most ereaders are fine, because they are running on proprietary software where you can’t install additional apps. Some new ereaders, however, are running on Android software, and it is possible to download applications from Google Play Store on those devices.

Compact writing tablet Mobiscribe is trying to replace paper notebooks

2019-01-25

Two trends in e-reader product development that started in 2018 have momentum in 2019 as well: ereading devices are growing in size, and many products are aimed specifically at people who want to take notes and write with a stylus. The Mobiscribe is a 6.8-inch E ink device that is designed for note taking and reading ebooks, and powered by Android software.
Mobscribe ereader, writing tablet
At 6.8 inches, the Mobiscribe is somewhat larger than a traditional 6-inch ereader, but it is still a compact device. Its dimensions are 132 x 175 x 10 mm. The E ink screen has relatively high resolution (1440 x 1080 pixels), and it comes with an adjustable frontlight. It means that the product can be used for reading and writing in direct sunlight and in darkness.
Mobiscribe 6.8-inch e-reader writing slate
Wi-Fi connection allows sending and receiving documents and ebooks via the internet. Micro USB port is for charging and for connecting the device to a PC, and a microSD memory card slot provides additional storage space for books and documents.

Stylus is required for writing on the screen, but quite exceptionally, it doesn’t run on battery. There is no need to charge the stylus (as is the case with stylus products used with tablets, like the iPad Pro or Surface).
Mobiscribe notebook/e-reader with case and stylus
The company developing Mobiscribe (TeamUC) is specialized in products and technologies where E ink displays have an advantage over other display technologies. The Mobiscribe writing tablet has been successfully funded at Indiegogo. The product concept had raised more than double the initial target budget when two months was left to seek funding for the product.

The price point for the Mobiscribe is attractive – USD 199 – when compared to competitive products that typically cost 300-500 USD. Most competitive products are larger, often between 8 and 13 inches in size.
Mobiscribe ereading device/writing tablet ports and buttons
It is important to keep in mind that the Mobiscribe has been designed for a specific purpose: notetaking and reading. Even though the product runs on Android operating system software, two things restrict its use as a general purpose Android device. The Android version 4.4 is old, which means that some downloaded applications won’t run on the device. The second thing is the amount of RAM memory (512 MB) that is not enough for some modern apps – even a web browser may stumble here. Yet, many small and simple Android apps run on this kind of hardware.

View the video below for a brief introduction to the device:

Other writing slates designed for note taking and annotating documents are, for instance, Remarkable, Onyx Boox Nova, Sony DPT-CP1,

Mobiscribe reference via Liliputing.

Onyx Boox Nova ereader comes with sharp 7.8 screen and Android software

2018-10-17

Even though ebook reader device manufacturers are not abandoning small 6-inch products, the innovation has moved to larger devices. 7.8, 8 and 10 inches are the ereader product sizes that manufacturers are bringing to that markets. Onyx Boox Nova (and its handwriting-capable cousin Boox Nova Plus) comes with sharp 7.8 E ink screen and Android software.
Onyx Boox Nova with PDF document on screen
A key feature in the Onyx Boox Nova is that it is running on Android operating system. Among other things, it means that it is possible to download and run Android apps on the e-reader. All Android application won’t run properly on an ereader because hardware is slightly different to tablets or smartphones.

Onyx has recognized this, and has decided to supply a dedicated App Store for E Ink devices with the Boox Nova. This is quite remarkable. Let’s hope the selection of applications is sufficient so that ebook readers can find their favorite apps in the store.

The frontlight in the Boox Nova can be switched on and off (to save battery), and the warmth of the light can be adjusted as well. There is no memory card slot, but the product comes with ample 32GB of storage space.
Onyx Boox Nova ereader user interface
The ereader can transmit audio to loudspeakers via Bluetooth. If you have portable Bluetooth speakers, you can listen to audiobooks saved in the Boox Nova through the speakers.

The Boox Nova and the Boox Nova Plus are two different products. There are only two features that make them different, everything else in these products is the same. The Boox Nova has a frontlight, but you can’t draw or write directly on the screen. The Boox Nova Plus doesn’t come with front light, but it comes with stylus that lets you write on the screen.

Onyx products can be ordered from Amazon stores. Check your local Amazon for the price and availability.

Notebook Italia recorded a video clip (below) where an Onyx marketing representative introduces the Boox Nova.

Key features and specifications of the Onyx Boox Nova

Onyx Boox Nova with Android 6 operating system

7.8-inch HD Eink Carta screen. Capacitive touch.
Screen resolution 1872 x 1404 pixels, 300 dots per inch (dpi), 16 gray scale.
Cortex-A17 1.6GHz Quad-core.
2GB RAM.
32GB of storage.
Front light with warm and cold shade control.
Wi-Fi.
Bluetooth 4.1.
USB-C port.
Android 6.0 operating system.
Ebooks and documents: EPUB, PDF, TXT, DJVU, HTML, RTF, FB2, DOC, MOBI. It can open DRM-protected ebooks.
Audio files that can be listened:WAV, MP3.
Buttons: back, power.
2800mAh Li-Polymer battery.
Dimensions 196 × 137 × 7.7 mm.
Weight 240 gr.

Intel has created a working product concept that many ebook readers and writers want

2018-06-11

Intel is hoping more mobile device manufacturers would use its processors and other components on their products, and has created an exciting concept product to showcase the power of its processors in mobile devices. Intel Tiger Rapids is a tablet/e-reader device, or a unique laptop, that is about the size of a sturdy notebook. It can be used for reading, writing, and for all other things that tablets and ereaders are used.
Intel Tiger Rapids tablet/ereaderIntel Tiger Rapids tablet/ereader concept.

The Intel Tiger Rapids device consists of two elements: a tablet and an E Ink device that are hinged so that the device can be closed like a notebook, and opened like a laptop. The two elements can be turned so that they are back-to-back against each other.

The E Ink screen recognizes handwriting with a stylus. A virtual keyboard cab be projected on the E Ink screen, allowing typing.

The tablet side of the Tiger Rapids device has 7.9-inch LCD display. The E Ink display is 7.8 inches in size. A Kaby Lake Core processor is the engine in the device and Wi-Fi connects it to the world. A USB-C port can be used to recharge the device.

A potential problem for a device that comes with two screens is its retail price. In this case, both the LCD and E ink screens are touch sensitive, adding cost. It may be difficult to squeeze the retail priced under 500 dollars/euros, but I certainly hope a company manages to do it.

Also battery life could be a problem, but Intel told Cnet that the Tiger Rapids prototype runs for 13-15 hours which is very good. Almost two full work days before a recharge is required.

The Intel prototype is very compact in size and easy to carry along in a bag, or even in a pocket of a winter jacket. For typing on a virtual keyboard (in this case, on the E ink screen), a 10-inch screen – or even larger – would be better. 10 inches is probably the sweet spot considering product price, usability for work (and leisure) and portability.

Here is a video by Engadget where a reporter makes a brief hands-on test to the Intel Tiger Rapids.

YotaPhone 3 smartphone comes both with a color and a black-and-white screen, but why?

2017-12-27

The YotaPhone 3 smartphone that features a 5.5-inch color screen and a 5.2-inch E ink grayscale screen is not the first dual-display phone, but it is the latest, and comes with all the features a typical smartphone user wants. There are two reasons for having a display on both sides of the phone: the E ink screen is ideal for reading, for instance, ebooks or any long texts because it doesn’t flicker, and the E ink screen is very battery friendly.
YotaPhone 3 with two screens: color and e ink
If you like to read, but don’t want to carry another device, like an e-reader with you, a dual screen phone can solve that problem. Especially people who read a lot from a screen benefit from the static E ink display that doesn’t flicker.

An E ink screen doesn’t emit light, so you need an external light source for reading. The good side is that these black-and-white screens consume very little energy, saving battery power.

The YotaPhone 3 smartphone is powered by Android 7.0 software. It comes with an additional application that is used to control what the black-and-white screen displays.

Take a look at a video below where the features and two screens of the YotaPhone 3 are shown from many angles:

The YotaPhone 3 is available at least at this store for GBP548.

Yotaphone 3 key features and specifications

Color display 5.5 Inches, AMOLED (Multitouch).
Screen Resolution FHD 1080 x 1920 Pixel
Gorilla Glas Gorilla Glass 4
Greyscale display (E ink) 5.2 inches.
4G and 3G connectivity: Networks GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (B5/B8/B3/B2), 3G/WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz (B1/B2/B5/B8), FDD-LTE 1800MHz (B3), TD-LTE 1900/2300/2500/2600MHz
Dual SIM (Dual Standby).
Operating System Android 7.0
Original (ENG/CHN) software from factory comes WITHOUT Google Play Store
Languages English, 中文 (Chinese), Chinese
Processor 64bit Qualcomm Snapdragon, Octa-core
RAM 4 GB
Internal storage space 64 GB.
Camera 12 and Front Camera 13 megapixels
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC 2.4GHz/5GHz
GPS GPS/A-GPS/Glonass
Micro SD memory card slot
USB port (Type-C USB)
Headphone jack (3.5mm)
Shell material Glass and Metal
Size 153.6 x 75.2 x 7.9mm
Weight 172 g
Battery 3,300 mAh
In the Box 1x Smartphone (built-in battery), 1x Quick Start Guide, 1x Data Cable, 1x Charger, 1x Protection Case

Via The Digital Reader.

Here is a big 13.3-inch ereader that can also be used as a PC monitor

2017-12-09

A new application has emerged for ereader devices that originally were intended for reading ebooks alone: they are also used as secondary monitors for PCs. So far, tech-savvy PC users have had to hack an ereader to plug it into a computer as a monitor, but now, the Onyx Boox Max 2 provides the feature out-of-the box.
Onyx Boox Max 2 ereader and PC monitor
The Onyx Boox Max 2 is a big ereader with a 13.3-inch E ink screen. A device like this is optimal for reading PDF documents and PDF books (the product can open all common ebook file formats). The Max 2 has been developed with this in mind – it lets users write and draw on the screen with a stylus. The device can also be used like an ordinary touch screen device by touching the screen with fingers.

One more key feature that at the moment separates the Max 2 from competitive products, like the Sony DPT-RP1, is the HDMI port that lets you plug the Max2 into a PC and use it as a secondary PC monitor.

People who stare a monitor their entire work day or can’t setup their PC displays for ideal lighting conditions, can greatly benefit from a E ink screen that doesn’t flicker and provides high contrast. It is, of course, a grayscale display without even the possibility to watch videos – perhaps an important feature for easily distracted workers.
Onyx Boox Max 2 e-reader with stylus for handwriting and drawing on screen
The Onyx Boox Max 2 is available in a few online stores for 800 Euros. The official Onyx stores are listed on the company’s web page.

The product is shipping to customers, some of whom have had time to record hands-on videos of the Max 2. Here is one:

As the video and the reviewer’s reply to questions on YouTube indicate, there are some teething problems in the product that may cause problems for some users, but may not affect others.

Onyx Boox Max2 key features and specifications

13.3-inch E Ink Carta display. Made of plastic, it is light and flexible.
Resolution 2200×1650 pixels, 16 levels of grey.
High contrast 15:1.
Electromagnetic (WACOM) and capacitive dual touch screen. With the included stylus it is possible to write and draw on the screen. The capacitive layer allows touching and controlling the screen with fingers, just like using it as a tablet.
Four buttons: Menu, Back, Next Page and Previous Page.
WIFI
Bluetooth 4.0
1.6 GHz quad-core processor.
2GB RAM + 32GB of storage space.
Android 6.0 operating system software.
HDMI port for connecting the ereader to a PC as a secondary monitor.
Speaker and microphone.
3.5mm audio port for text-to-speech, playing music or audio books.
Ebook and document formats: PDF, EPUB, TXT, MOBI, CHM, DJVU, HTML, RTF, FB2, DOC, PDB. Audio: MP3, WAV.
7.5 mm thin.
Weight 550g
4100mAH lithium-polymer battery. Up to 4 weeks of standby time.

Onyx Boox Max 2 e-reader and computer monitor

Via The Verge.

New application for E ink displays used in ereaders: art and architecture

2017-10-18

We are so used to the grayscale E ink displays in our ereaders that we rarely think about how peculiar the technology really is. The information displayed on E ink screens are not composed of light, but physical microcapsules that rotate to create patterns on the screen. The patterns, or information, on the screen remain there until an electric pulse changes the patterns. This is why E ink screens are energy efficient and easily viewable even in direct sunlight.

You probably have seen small E ink displays in stores where product prices or other information is updated in real time. Displays can be tiny price tags or large boards.
San Diego car park with E ink walls
In any case, commercial applications are not the only ones where E ink can be used. In San Diego, California, these displays are used for decorating a concrete car park building.

View the video below that shows how it looks like.

Very thin e-paper tiles have been attached to the outer walls of the car park building. These screens are wirelessly connected to a host computer that tells the screens what to do. Uebercall, the company behind concept, has designed 15 programs used to animate the tiles. The screens are powered by solar cells.

All this means that the animations can be seen during the daytime only when the screens have power and there is daylight for viewing the screens.

I wonder if it would be possible to create an effect that looks like the building was moving as you drive by? It would, of course, freak out the drivers on the highway next to the building, which wouldn’t be safe.

Via VentureBeat.

The new class of ereaders: products with 8-inch screens

2017-10-09

For many years, people who read ebooks on ereader devices have settled on products that have six-inch screens. Nothing wrong with a 6-inch display, but there are people who would like to read on a larger screen. Now, the time has come for more choice. Not only has Sony introduced a huge 13-inch ereader, but a number of 8-inch ereaders are available from renowned brands and less known manufacturers.
Cybook Ocean 8-inch ereader

Cybook Ocean.


There are, at least, four products available with an 8-inch E ink display at the moment. In fact, some of the products come with 7.8 inch screen and others with 8-inch, but we will refer to all of them as 8-inch ereaders.

Boyue Likebook Plus 172 Euros.
Cybook Ocean 189 Euros.
Icarus Illumina XL HD 199 Euros.
Kobo Aura One 229 Euros.

If you need help in deciding which device size is the right one for you (from 6 to 13 inches), read the article that also has a video where different ereader sizes are compared.

Here are the most important features for each four ereaders.

Key features and specifications of the Cybook Ocean ereader

8-inch Eink display, touch sensitive.
Display resolution 1024×768 px (160 PPI), 16 levels of grey.
Front light for reading in dark.
CPU: Cortex A8 TI OMAP3611 (800 MHz)
RAM : 128 MB
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
4GB internal storage for ebooks.
MicroSD memory card slot for additional storage space.
MicroUSB 2 port.
Dedicated keys for turning the page.
25 user interface languages.
Web browser.
Ebook formats: ePub, PDF Adobe DRM, HTML, Txt, FB2, DJVU
Li-Polymer battery 2100 mAh.
Dimensions: 196 mm x 150 mm x 7 mm
Weight: 300 gr with the battery.

Kobo Aura One key specifications

kobo aura one ereader

– 7.8-inch E Ink touchscreen, 1872 x 1404 resolution, 300 dpi
– Front light for reading in places with inadequate light. ComfortLight PRO technology that reduces blue light exposure.
– 8 GB on-board memory. Storage for up to 6,000 ebooks.
– 11 fonts and over 50 font styles. Font weight and sharpness settings.
– 14 file formats supported: EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR.
– Access to public libraries that use Overdrive ebook library system.
– Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
– Micro USB port.
– Battery life up to 1 month.
– Built-in device languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese, Japanese, Turkish.
– Weight 230 gr.
– Dimensions 195 x 138.5 x 6.9 mm.

Highlights of the Icarus Illumina XL HD ereader

Icarus Illumina 8 inch ereader.

7.8-inch E ink screen.
300 DPI resolution.
Touch screen .
Powered by Android software. Google Play.
Front light.
Wi-Fi.
Bluetooth.

Key features of the Boyue Likebook Plus

Boyue Likebook 7.8 inch ereader

7.8-inch display in 1448*1072 resolution. Touch screen.
Ebook formats: Html, Epub, Pdf, Mobi, Html, TXT, Djvu, Rtf, Fb2
WiFi.
Android operating system.
Bluetooth
Dimensions: 198*144*8.3 mm.
Micro USB port.
3.5 mm headphone jack.
16GB storage space.
2800mAh battery.
Weight 290gr.

Ebook news digest: respect privacy when photographing, blogging tools, news editors set free

2017-05-21

News on ebooks, photography, writing and ereaders

Woman reading an ebook on an ereader, photo by wolfg
Know Your Travel Photography Rights
Wanderness

The title of this excellent post should be something like “How to Respect Privacy Laws when Photographing Overseas”. Every aspiring street photographer and traveler with a camera should read this.

Tools I use for Writing, Publishing & Blogging
Write & Publish like a Pro

These are professional tools for a blogger who is running a blog business. Backup is priority number 1.

How to buy and read ebooks in Edge as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update
PC World

Microsoft Windows 10 features a store where you can purchase apps, games, movies and music. Ebooks haven’t been available so far, but they will become into the store soon. Windows 10 developer version already includes the new store with ebooks, so it is safe to assume that it will happen.

Gvido dual-screen e-ink music sheet gets an unbelievable price tag
Slashgear

A dedicated device for musicians: dual-screen E ink device. Only in Japan, and the price tag may suit for the famous artists only.

The Lighter Side of Finland (6th Edition)
Russell Snyder

If you want to learn something useful and be amused while doing so, The Lighter Side of Finland is for you, especially, if you are interested in the Nordic culture or have travel plans for Scandinavia.

New York Times will offer buyouts to editors in push to transform editing
Poynter

The New York Times is one of the few successful news organizations that has managed to convince readers to pay for digital news. Nonetheless, the old business structures will have to go as the newspaper is preparing a new way to edit news articles. When plenty of experienced editors are let go, we expect some of them are going to establish new startups and independent publishing companies.

Travel Photography Tips and Techniques
Picture Correct

Tip number 10 is very important for everyone who is shooting to document a destination, for instance, in order to write an article or a travel guidebook. Also, when documenting, you must take photos of subjects you may not like or don’t see as very photogenic. You may need it later when you write.

Onyx is launching an E Ink notebook (and several eReaders)
Lilliputing

This is strictly in the rumors category: Onyx may launch a laptop with E ink display. It is called the Onyx Boox Typewriter. Well, let’s wait and see. An intriguing idea, though.


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Dual-screen Hisense A2 smartphone is also an ereader

2017-04-10

Common smartphone screen sizes are between 5 and 6 inches, and the most common ereader screen size is six inches. Reading a book on a bright and colorful smartphone display is pretty convenient these days. The downside is that the color screen drains the battery and it is still difficult to read in sunlight. So, why not build a smartphone with two screens: a color screen for apps and a black-and-white screen for ebooks.

Hisense A2 smartphone ereader. Photo: maistecnologia.com

Hisense A2. Photo: maistecnologia.com


The Hisense A2 is the latest product that has implemented just that. The smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch color display and a 5.2 E ink display. One side of the phone is used as an ordinary smartphone and the other side an ereader. Two devices in one product.

01net had an opportunity to get their hands on a Hisense A2 prototype. Their first impression was positive, so it seems that we finally could have a proper dual-screen smartphone for ebooks by the end of 2017. The price is expected to be around 400 euros.

Similar products have been available in some markets earlier. Yotaphone has returned to the business, introducing the Yotaphone 2. Its availability, however, is unclear at the moment. Also Onyx, which has successfully introduced a number of ereaders recently, had a dual-screen smartphone earlier, but it didn’t live long.

The Hisense A2 is already available in China, running on Android software.


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Convenient reading on a large screen: Kobo Aura One ereader comes with a 7.8 display

2016-08-22

It seems that we are not the only ones who have been wondering why the majority of ereaders are six inches in size. A compact device has its advantages, but when it is time to do some serious reading, we prefer larger screens. Kobo has introduced the Aura One ereader that maybe the answer to our hopes – and makes many ebook lovers to think twice before investing in the Kindle Oasis ereader.
kobo aura one ereader
The highlight of the Kobo Aura One ereader is its screen: it is 7.8 inches in size. That’s about the same screen size as the iPad Mini tablet, and larger than entry-level 7-inch tablets have.

The list price of the Aura One is $230 which means it priced lower than the Kindle Oasis. The Oasis, however, only has the standard six-inch E ink screen. Amazon pushes ads to Kindle ereaders that you can prevent by paying a little extra. Kobo doesn’t push ads to its ereaders.

Another highlight of the Aura One is that you can take it to a bath or swimming pool without having to worry about water, or sand on the beach. The device is waterproof.

The ereader can wirelessly connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi and it comes with a touch screen. It also has a front light that is a big help when reading in a dark nook or late at night in bed.

The product is available at Kobo’s online store for $230.

Here is a hands-on video of the Kobo Aura One:

Kobo Aura One key specifications

– 7.8-inch E Ink touchscreen, 1872 x 1404 resolution, 300 dpi
– Front light for reading in places with inadequate light. ComfortLight PRO technology that reduces blue light exposure.
– 8 GB on-board memory. Storage for up to 6,000 ebooks.
– 11 fonts and over 50 font styles. Font weight and sharpness settings.
– 14 file formats supported: EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR.
– Access to public libraries that use Overdrive ebook library system.
– Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
– Micro USB port.
– Battery life up to 1 month.
– Built-in device languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese, Japanese, Turkish.
– Weight 230 gr.
– Dimensions 195 x 138.5 x 6.9 mm.
kobo aura one ereader by a pool