PocketBook e-reader company has announced and released the InkPad Color, a 7.8-inch device that uses the latest E Ink color technology. PocketBook speaks The Verge that it is the first device with a new Kaleido board to be available in the US and Europe.
According to the company, the new version of Kaleid has a different color filter pattern that offers better contrast and color saturation than the first Kaleid, which is itself a fairly new technology. PocketBook also says that the screen refresh rate has been improved in the software.
The specifications of the new Kaleido panel are otherwise similar to the previous generation, with a resolution of 300 dpi for monochrome content and 100 dpi when displaying colors. The total screen resolution has been increased to 1404 x 1872, due to its larger physical size. The InkPad paint weighs 225g and is 8mm thick, so it should still be quite portable.
A few months ago, I reviewed the PocketBook Color, which was one of the first Kaleido e-readers on the market anywhere in the world. I was generally impressed with the screen technology, but I thought the 6-inch panel was too small to be practical for cases like magazines and comics. A larger, improved screen could make the InkPad Color a much more useful device – hopefully we can see for ourselves soon.
InkPad paint is already available on Newegg and Amazon for $ 329.