InkBook Prime Runs Android 4.2 on a Quad-Core CPU, Costs 139 Euros (video)

inkbook-prime-3This ereader from the Polish ereader firm ArtaTech which, aside from running Android, runs a distant second to the Kindle Paperwhite.

The InkBook Prime has a simple design with a single button below the screen, page turn buttons, and an unusually contoured back. It has a 6″ Carta E-ink screen with frontlight and capacitive touchscreen.

The screen resolution is an unsatisfying 1024 x 758, but this ereader makes up for that with what is under the hood.

According to the spec list, the Inkbook Prime runs Android 4.2 on a quad-core 1.6GHz CPU with 512MB RAM. It has 8GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. When it comes to connectivity it has both Wifi and Bluetooth.

There’s no mention of Google Play in the listing, but it does say that you can install apps, which is a plus. That includes audio players, which you can listen to through the headphone jack.

This ereader launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair last month, and is currently available from ArtaTech for 139 euros.

All in all this is not a great ereader for the price but it’s also not a bad one.

The screen resolution could be higher, but the real concern for this ereader is the limited amount of RAM and the unnamed CPU.  The RAM and CPU could limit performance to the point that the InkBook Prime is too frustrating to use.

But we will have to wait for user reviews before we know for sure.

Edit: Or perhaps not. I  just found the hands-on video shot last month at the FBF. The demo unit came with a number of reading apps, and performed well.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. 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.


  1. poiboy23 November, 2016

    1024×758 in 2016.. hmmmm, why?

    1. poiboy23 November, 2016

      and by “why”.. i mean shouldn’t anything new be working with 1430×1080 (or more) resolution to be competitive?

      1. Nate Hoffelder25 November, 2016

        The higher resolution is cool but I’m not sure I can see a net positive impact with a lot of ebooks, so I have difficulty regretting its absence.

        I think the limited RAM is the bigger issue.

  2. Piotr24 November, 2016

    What is this Rapid Refresh technology they are using? Is it hardware or software based? I never heard of it..

  3. Sergegobli24 November, 2016

    It may mean software that stops the screen flashing, thus allowing smooth scrolling and animation. It exists on other open Android e-readers.

  4. Ahiya25 November, 2016

    I think resolution this low is definitely an issue because it means people are less likely to upgrade. I think the ebook market is pretty saturated in large parts of the world, so the trick now is to get consumers to value upgrades. Resolution is part of that.

    The limited RAM is a bigger issue, but they’re all of the same piece. This doesn’t stand out in any way from previous Android-based ereaders so lots of people have no reason to upgrade.

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