The European ereader retailer Icarus has quietly put a new model up for pre-order.
The Illumina XL HD features a 7.8" Carta E-ink screen, runs Android 4.2, and is listed for 185 euros (plus VAT).
This ereader uses the same screen as on the Kobo Aura One, only without the color frontlight and with a faster CPU. If I were still buying ereaders left and right, this one would go to the top of the list.
The Illumina XL HD runs Android 4.2 on an unnamed 1.8GHz CPU with 1GB RAM. It comes with 16GB internal storage, and I hope that will be enough given that there is no card slot.
On the upside, this ereader does have audio as well as a bigger battery than on the Aura One (2.8Ah vs 1.5Ah). It also ships with Google Play.
It's hard to tell from the images, but it looks like there is just one button on the front, below the screen. That is a 7.8" Carta E-ink screen with frontlight, capacitive touchscreen, and a screen resolution of 1872 x 1404.
All in all this is a great ereader. It's not waterproof like the Aura One, but it is significantly cheaper (229 euros vs 185 euros) and more versatile.
It's coming out in August, and I am seriously considering buying one.
How about you?
- CPU: 1.8GHz
- RAM: 1GB
- OS: Android 4.2, with Google Play
- Screen: 7.8? Carta E-ink
- Resolution: 1404 x 1872 (300 ppi)
- Frontlight, capacitive touchscreen
- Storage: 16GB (no card slot)
- Wifi, headphone jack
- Battery: 2.8Ah
- Dimensions: 145 x 200x 9 mm
- Weight: 275 grams
- Price: €185