Pocketbook to Launch Color eReader Later This Year – Will Amazon Turn Green With Envy?
Details are still scarce, but we do know the device will reportedly cost 200 euros when it is released in the third quarter, and that it will sport the 4,096 color E-ink screen sported by the two Chinese ereaders announced last month. Coincidentally, neither of those devices have shipped yet, and now I think we know why (the screens haven’t shipped, either).
Heise.de says that Pocketbook called the screen Kaleido E-ink. That is not a name I have heard before, and it’s not mentioned in any of E-ink’s marketing materials.
Edit: Pocketbook says the screens going into their device have a color resolution of 100 PPI.
There actually is a company called Kaleido that makes printer ink, which could be a sign that the company is E-ink’s new tech partner (perhaps they were brought in for their material sciences expertise).
In any case, I am waiting for more info from Pocketbook, and from Kobo. I fully expect Kobo to launch their own color ereader this year (assuming the screens are available).
I am also reasonably certain that Amazon will launch a color ereader this year, but with different screen tech. I am basing that conclusion on the way three different companies have announced ereaders that don’t exist yet.
It’s almost as if they expect a bigger competitor will announce its color ereader soon, and they wanted to get a lead on the news coverage.