Pocketbook CAD Reader Store Listing Leaks Online – Will it Finally Launch?

For the past couple years the Pocketbook CAD Reader has been the holy grail of ereaders. With a 13.3" screen, Android OS, and multi-core CPU, the CAD Reader promised to be the E-ink Android tablet that ereader fans had always wanted, but it kept missing release date after release date.

But after two years of waiting, it looks like our patience has been rewarded. Pocketbook has a new product listing on one of its websites for the CAD Reader. The listing is far from complete and is still missing key details like the price, release date, and features, but it does hold out hope that the CAD Reader could launch soon.

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According to the site, the CAD Reader will have a dual-core 1GHz Freescale CPU with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It won't have a camera or speakers, but it will have a microSD card slot, mini-HDMI port, and a headphone jack.

In terms of connectivity, it will have Wifi and 3G WCDMA / UMTS (there is no mention of Bluetooth). The 13.3" Fina E-ink display will have a screen resolution of 1,600 x 1,200 with a capacitive touchscreen (a frontlight was not mentioned). Weighing in at 700 grams, Pocketbook says that it will measure 9.6 mm thin.

Or at least that is what the listing says; whether the CAD Reader will launch is a whole other question.

And for that, I have no answer.

I have contacted Pocketbook twice since I learned of this listing 4 days ago, but I I have not received a response. That makes it impossible to tell whether this listing was an error or a leak that portends the launch of a new device.

I'm hoping it is the latter, but my enthusiasm is tempered by the fact that the store where I found the listing is not functional. It is not one of Pocketbook's retail sites, so for all we know we found an abandoned project, and not one that is under development.

All I can add at this time is that this bears watching.

Stay tuned.

 

About Nate Hoffelder (11582 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

8 Comments on Pocketbook CAD Reader Store Listing Leaks Online – Will it Finally Launch?

  1. WEighs almost twice as much as the DPT-S1, if both http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Sony_DPT-S1 and http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/PocketBook_CAD_Reader are correct. One has to wonder, what high tech took them so long to build this. And does this even have a digitizer? Price better be good or else I don’t see a much better offer in this than in Sony’s device, which, as has been pointed out from several sites, has been unnecessarily castrated. A pity that.

  2. BTW it`s fina ,not Mobius so that means more fragile device. And for 13.3 that’s the biggest issue

  3. Some guy in tech forum asked pocketbook about 13.3 and they told that
    The release date of Pocketbook CAD Reader has been postponed to October 2015.
    The device will become available for order online on our official webpage. The approximately estimated price is 990 euros. The exact price will be announced later.

  4. Nate, you wrote “I have required Pocketbook twice” instead of “required” I think you mean “contacted”.

  5. A mini-HDMI port? Now wouldn’t it be incredible if it was HDMI *in* so the device could be used as a separate screen and tablet on your desktop computer (like a wacom tablet)? The one thing I dislike about my Wacom tablet is the LCD’s backlight.

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