First Mirasol display e-reader launches in Korea
Still, the e-reader promises "weeks" of battery life with video use, so that's a huge improvement over traditional screens. The Kyobo reader is a custom UI built on top Android 2.3, so we're keeping an eye out for when this thing gets rooted and loaded up with more games and such to really show off what the screen can do. The Kyobo is running on a 1 GHz Snapdragon S2, and has a 5.7" display at 1024x768. At a bit over $300, you're paying for the screen, and Qualcomm's new $1 billion Mirasol manufacturing plant.
We may not be too upset if this device doesn't make it west, but we're glad to see Mirasol hitting the market, and we'll be keeping an eye on future developments.
source: Qualcomm via Android and Me
1. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 627; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
The colours look washed out probably because IMOD screens don't have traditional backlight using only reflected light instead, so when you think about RGB additive method of displaying colours without actually having backlight (that enables additive mode in the first place), but some other method, it seems possible that colours are washed out but it could also mean that colour reproduction seen on this promo video doesn't equal real-life perception.
2. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Where are Apple inventions? may be just in papers and court rooms.
4. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)
it is just me or does it look laggy...
5. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 627; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
It's probably laggy but considering that this is non-backlight display and therefore direct competition to e-Ink screens, this is the huge improvement for e-reader purposes, miles ahead of e-Ink, enabling not just better color reproduction (as new e-ink generation also can), but actually has satisfactory refresh rate for multimedia content.
E-ink is good, but so slow that you cannot enjoy any content beyond static text and black and white photograph, so this is almost a revolution in that sense.
We could assume now that in couple of years e-readers will converge with tablets, making e-rader classification obsolete, already integrated in tablet concept.
6. UltraElectroMagneticPOP (Posts: 49; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
"We could assume now that in couple of years e-readers will converge with tablets, making e-rader classification obsolete, already integrated in tablet concept."
I do believe in that. Just as how *with regards to majority of consumers*, pmp's and phones have converged.