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Camera-Equipped Pocketbook Ultra eReader Caught on Video

Pocketbook’s latest and greatest ebook reader may have officially launched last week but there has been a surprising lack of press coverage. Aside from the leaked videos I found a couple weeks ago, there has actually been very little first hand coverage of this device.

In fact, the following video, which was reportedly shot at the Warsaw Book Fair, is the first hands on video I have seen. It doesn’t show much of the Ultra, but it does offer a glimpse at how well the Ultra will function.

The Ultra has a 6″ Carta E-ink screen, and it runs Pocketbook’s reading software on a 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, and Wifi. In addition to the cutting edge E-ink screen, the Ultra also has a touchscreen, frontlight, and page turn buttons mounted on the rear of the shell.

This ereader’s most notable feature is the 5MP rear-facing camera (with an LED flash). Alas, we don’t get to see it put through its paces in this video, but I did get to see the camera in action in one of those leaked videos.

It worked surprisingly well:

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According to Pocketbook, the Ultra is expected to ship in Russia in July with a retail price of 8990 rubles. And according to unconfirmed leaks the price in Germany will be 169 euros (it was supposed to launch in May), but I don’t have any details about pricing in other markets.


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trekk May 30, 2014 um 10:34 am

Some German retailer showed a price of 199 Euro, since then the recommended retail price changed to 169 Euro.

Nate Hoffelder May 30, 2014 um 10:50 am

Fixed it, thanks!

Hss May 30, 2014 um 3:44 pm

I don’t think the "leak" is sufficiently "unconfirmed" to call it that, since Forkosigan gave the information. He also told, the Ink Pad will cost 189 EUR, and linked to a press release where this is also mentioned right above the technical details table:

I don’t know, if he also linked to some page for the Ultra, can’t find a link at the moment.

Nate Hoffelder May 30, 2014 um 6:34 pm

The leaks I was referring to were actual leaks. I didn’t know that there had been an official announcement.

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