Kyobo e-reader packs e-ink, color, and Gingerbread for $310 in South Korea


Unless you're talking about the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet or the Amazon Kindle Fire when discussing e-readers with your friends, you're most likely discussing black-and-white e-ink displays. The main reason those types of displays are used is for readability; when you add LCD panels, outdoor "use" is anything but, and even inside can make for an unpleasant reading experience. The downside to e-ink, though, is its rather monochromatic appearance. 

Luckily, Kyobo and Qualcomm share that view and have finally put Mirasol displays into production. Mirasol displays offer some of the same qualities as e-ink displays, like terrific readability and low-power draw, but also adds something quite vital to a pleasurable viewing experience: color. 

What you see above is the Kyobo eReader, the first e-reader to utilize Mirasol technology. It does it pretty well, too. Its 5.7-inch display has a relatively high resolution of 1024 x 768, which brings the PPI to a nice 223. On that display, you'll see Android 2.3 running thanks to a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. 

Unfortunately, the $310 e-reader is currently only being sold in South Korea. I personally haven't plunged on a true e-reader yet because I would like to be able to do other things on it, as well as read. With a color display and Gingerbread, this might be the one for me. That is, if it arrives stateside sometime.

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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