If you're not happy with the 6" screen on your ereader, then I have some good news for you. Icarus has recently and quietly updated its website with a new 8" ereader.
The Illumina XL features an 8" epaper screen and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. In many ways, the Illumina XL is a bigger version of the 6" Icarus Illumina ereader. Like the smaller models it has a frontlight, touchscreen, audio, and 8GB of storage, but unfortunately it also has the same screen resolution.
According to Icarus, the Illumina XL has a screen resolution of 1024 x 768, the same as on the Cybook Ocean. That screen comes not from E-ink but from its competitor, and is much lower resolution screen than found on either the Pocketbook Inkpad or Onyx Boox i86 (1,200 x 1,600).
With a sharpness of 160 ppi, it's not a terrible screen, but the sharper 250ppi screens on the competing models also deserve your attention.
You can find more info on the Illumina XL is the spec sheet below, or on the Icarus website, where the Illumina XL is up for pre-order today for 199 euros.
It is expected to ship at the end of November.
Icarus Illumina XL Specs
- 8" epaper Display
- Screen resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels
- Adjustable frontlight
- Storage: 8GB, microSD card Slot (supported up to 32GB)
- Battery 2.8Ah
- Supported formats: TXT, PDF, EPUB, PDF, FB2, HTML, RTF, MOBI, DJVU, CHM, IRC, JPG, BMP, MP3
- Audio support via 3.5mm headphone jack
- Dimensions: 145 x 200 x 9mm
- Weight: 275 grams