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New PocketBook 7.8" Color E-Ink Reader
#1  kyôdai 02-06-2021, 05:12 PM
It seems PocketBook is about to release another ebook-reader with a color E-Ink display.

The Pocketbook InkPad Color, is a 7.8" device very similar to the Inkpad 3 but with an E-Ink Kaleido 2 display, like their 6" model from last year.

Reportedly it goes on sale in Russia and various eastern european countries for ₽21.999 (about $295) coming March.

-> https://www.aroged.com/2021/02/05/a-new-pocketbook-740-color-reader-with-a-7-8-inch-color-screen-of-the-second-generation-e-ink-new-kaleido-is-presented-sales-in-ukraine-will-start-in-march-at-a-price-of-uah-8599-aroged/

-> https://pocketbook.ru/shop/ustroystva/pocketbook-740-color-serebristyy/
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#2  rcentros 02-06-2021, 07:06 PM
Interesting. I kind of got the impression that the 6" color wasn't doing that well. I guess I was wrong. The bigger screen should be better for those who read comics on an eReader.

Thanks for the post. PocketBook has definitely been the most active in releasing new models over the last couple years.
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#3  kyôdai 02-07-2021, 10:56 AM
Yeah, I also doubt that the 6" model was a success. But that has not stopped PocketBook before. (They also had two color readers with e-inks previous triton displays.)

While 7,8" is an improvement, it still does not feel like enough. For comics you want at least 10", especially with e-ink since scrooling and zooming would be a pain.

Also the resolution seems to stay the same (300ppi for books, 100ppi for comics).

I still don't see people getting this as a dedicated comic-reader, unfortunately.
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#4  b0rsuk 02-07-2021, 11:53 AM
I just bought an InkPad 3, and I was interested in color ereaders. It's not just for comics - textbooks for math and programming make good use of color. I decided to get a B&W one when I learned about low DPI of kaleido displays. The current color tech is not good enough as far as I'm concerned.

The interesting news here is that it not only has USB-C and Bluetooth, but also an SD card slot. Kobo and Amazon have been phasing out SD card support, and even Pocketbook doesn't have it in most newest models. InkPad 3 Pro and InkPad X don't have it. Good news that SD slots are coming back!
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#5  rantanplan 02-08-2021, 07:34 AM
Quote kyôdai
While 7,8" is an improvement, it still does not feel like enough. For comics you want at least 10", especially with e-ink since scrooling and zooming would be a pain.
It would be the perfect size for manga or smaller pocketbook style comics like Stories from Duckburg etc.
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#6  JSWolf 02-08-2021, 08:15 AM
When you use color, then resolution plummets significantly. With color you get 100DPI at 468 × 624.
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#7  Pajamaman 02-08-2021, 09:24 AM
Color on a 7.8" is beginning to look interesting. Acceptable size for comics and pdf with big color photographs.
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#8  kyôdai 02-08-2021, 04:31 PM
Quote rantanplan
It would be the perfect size for manga or smaller pocketbook style comics like Stories from Duckburg etc.
Quote Pajamaman
Color on a 7.8" is beginning to look interesting. Acceptable size for comics and pdf with big color photographs.
Yeah, I kinda do not see that.

Mangas are like 99% black and white.
As with textbooks it does not make much sense to sacrifice the much better display quality of a reagular e-reader for 1 coloured cover page...

And most coloured comics are a lot bigger then a 7.8" screen. European comics are almost twice as big.

15,8 x 11,8 cm - 7,8" Display
25,7 x 16,8 cm - Marvel / DC Comics
29,5 x 22,0 cm - European Comics (Asterix, Luck Luke, etc.)

On top of that you get faint colors, a meager 100ppi and you have to crank up the light to get at least some contrast.

Don't get me wrong. I would like to have an e-Ink device for comics. But this is not it, yet.
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#9  Pajamaman 02-08-2021, 09:21 PM
Large comic pages can be split into panes. Dull colors may outweigh the suffering for some of reading on LCD. It's subjective.
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#10  JSWolf 02-09-2021, 05:27 AM
Quote Pajamaman
Large comic pages can be split into panes. Dull colors may outweigh the suffering for some of reading on LCD. It's subjective.
And low resolution as well.
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