Icarus A4 13″ Android eReader Goes Up for Pre-Order on IndieGogo (video)

icarus a4What with the Sony DPT-S1 and Onyx Boox Max being the only two 13" ereaders on the market (*), plus-sized models are rather thin on the ground. But soon we could have another option.

The Dutch ereader importer Icarus has launched a new crowd-funding campaign last week to finance the launch of the Icarus A4, what appears to be an Onyx Boox Max clone bearing the Icarus brand.

Like the Onyx Boox Max, the Icarus A4 sports a 13.3" Mobius E-ink screen with an inductive touchscreen (stylus only) but no frontlight. It runs Android and comes with 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It has Wifi, Bluetooth, a speaker, and a headphone jack.

It's listed today for a minimum backing of $699. Contribute $759, and Icarus will also throw in a 6" Illumina ereader.

So should you get one? If you need such a large document viewer and have $700 to spare, certainly.

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Icarus is a well-known brand in the ebook world. They have released close to a dozen ereaders over the past six years with screen ranging from 6" to 8" to 9.7".

This maker even crowd-sourced an 8" Android ereader last fall. That campaign did not reach its goals, but Icarus pushed through and launched the Illumina XL anyway, and according to what I read on MobileRead Icarus shipped the ereader to its backers.

And with this campaign, Icarus is funding a piece of hardware that the manufacturer is already producing and shipping to a couple different retailers. It runs Android and comes with Google Play, which means you should be able to expand its abilities by installing apps. And I have tried one, so I can say with confidence that the design is good.

The only real question I have today is whether Icarus will customize the software running on the A4. That's what they've done with past ereaders, but I am waiting for Icarus to get back to me with confirmation or additional detail.

The Icarus A4 is up for pre-order today on IndieGogo, where Icarus hopes to raise $25,000 in order to "finalize the mass production ramp-up".

The campaign was launched three days ago, and so far it only has the three backers. But with the campaign only just beginning to get its first press coverage today, Sunday, I am sure that will change quickly.

IndieGogo via AlleseBook.de, eBook-Fieber.de


About Nate Hoffelder (11466 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."

5 Comments on Icarus A4 13″ Android eReader Goes Up for Pre-Order on IndieGogo (video)

  1. if it is an onyx copy why to pay 50$ more? onyx version is 650$ on amazon.

  2. I feel sorry for somebody who waits for release of competitor’s product then puts the sticker over competitor’s name.
    Then wants to sell it with the same specs via IndieGogo?
    That’s what China trade does with people like Roberto.

    I get why Netronix 13.3 reader is not mentioned here but it has at least different specs. With dual touch screen and open Android I’m not surprised why their IndieGogo campaign was success.

  3. White and Black… no thanks.

    I always wonder why no manufacturer bets on this screen http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/06/04/jdi-reminds-us-samsung-sold-liquavista-color-quality-trumps-battery-life/ for 13,3″ ereaders. I don’t understand.

    The education market is waiting for some like this for ages.

  4. This campaign will end soon as this behaviour (mentioned in my previous comment) will not be supported by Onyx itself: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showpost.php?p=3315534&postcount=55

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