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.

Pocketbook CAD Reader Store Listing Leaks Online - Will it Finally Launch? e-Reading Hardware

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.

 

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

8 Comments

  1. dfgdf18 August, 2015

    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.

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  2. Troll19 August, 2015

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

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    1. Nate Hoffelder19 August, 2015

      More fragile?

      Tablets are made to a similar size with similarly fragile screens. They do okay, because people know to protect them.

      I wouldn’t worry.

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  3. Troll19 August, 2015

    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.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder19 August, 2015

      Thanks. I hope it’s not that expensive.

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  4. Frank19 August, 2015

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

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    1. Nate Hoffelder19 August, 2015

      Thanks. autocorrect probably “fixed” my use of queried by changing it.

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  5. wheeler11 September, 2015

    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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