PocketBook has unveiled the world’s first e-reader to feature a front-lit colour e-ink screen – but it won’t go on sale until June 2013.
The company teased the product on its website, claiming that the 8-inch screen’s front-lighting means it delivers far more brightness and contrast than the colour e-ink screens seen on rival devices. The screen has a resolution of 600 x 800 pixels, a 3:4 aspect ratio and can reproduce 4096 colours. It also features capacitive multi-touch capabilities, and the frame has a touch sensor that allows the user to adjust the brightness of the front light.
PocketBook says the new reader will appeal to those who want to read colour magazines in PDF form or pore over tables and graphs. It’s compatible with a wide range of document types, like existing PocketBook e-readers, which can open JPEG, TIFF, DOCX and TXT files as well as EPUB books (and a lot more besides).
It seems slightly strange that PocketBook has chosen to announce the device several months before it goes on sale, as by the time June 2012 rolls around other e-reader makers may well have already released their own front-lit e-ink devices. The PocketBook device, which has yet to be given a name, will first go on sale in the CIS (Russia and the other nations of the former Soviet Union), but we’ll keep an eye out for UK release news.