First Look at the Icarus Illumina XL 8″ Android eReader (video)
First introduced in October, the Icarus is an eight-inch ebook reader which runs Android 4.2.
It’s powered by a dual-core 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM, and 8GB storage. It also has a microSD card slot, Wifi, and a headphone jack for audio. Its screen measures 8″, and includes both a touchscreen and a frontlight. It’s a "knockoff" epaper screen with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768.
It’s still not widely available, but the Illumina XL went up for pre-order in October before going through a failed crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo. between one and the other, Icarus has gathered enough funding to place a small order from the Chinese manufacturer.
The video looks like it was shot with someone’s smartphone, and it clearly shows that the software running on the Illumina XL was written by the Chinese OEM Boyue. It goes through all the basic features, and about three minutes in the video shows that you can install Android apps like Kobo, Dropbox, and Kindle (there’s no direct access to Google Play, however).
All in all it’s a great Android ereader, and if it had better screen I would heartily recommend it. But the screen is rather low-res, which is why I find it hard to justify the Illumina XL’s 200 euro price tag.
Icarus Illumina XL Specs
- CPU: 1GHz dual-core
- OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 8″ ePaper Display
- Screen resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels
- Frontlight, touchscreen
- Storage: 8GB, microSD card Slot (supported up to 32GB)
- Battery 2.8Ah
- Supported formats: TXT, PDF, EPUB, PDF, FB2, HTML, RTF, MOBI, DJVU, CHM, IRC, JPG, BMP, MP3
- Audio support via 3.5mm headphone jack
- Dimensions: 145 x 200 x 9mm
- Weight: 275 grams