2017 was a rather paltry year for new ereaders. Aside from the Remarkable 10.3″ writing slate, the one interesting new ereader was the Kindle Oasis 2 with its 7″ screen.
Given that the new Oasis has a screen size that Sony pioneered in late 2009 combined with a one-handed design that Pocketbook pioneered (also in 2009), last year was noteworthy less for new ideas than the recycling of old ones.
But 2018 doesn’t have to be that way. We are due for either a brand-new Kindle model or a refresh, and since it will be two years since the last new Kobo model, we’re bound to see a new device from them as well.
When it comes to new ereaders, what are you looking forward to? Is it the new screen tech from ClearInk?
Me, I am on the edge of my seat with anticipation for the new hardware from Onyx. This Chinese ereader maker is working on a 6.8″ ereader as well as a 10.3″ model called the Note. Both run Android 6.0, but unfortunately Onyx hasn’t even set a firm date to start production, much less ship the new hardware.
The same goes for Onyx’s netbook, the Onyx Typewriter. We saw a prototype in April but there’s still no firm commitment on the launch day or price.
So what would you like to see in terms of new ereader hardware?