Chnese company Boyue Technology makes a line of eReaders featuring E Ink displays ranging in size from 6.7 to 10.3 inches. But the upcoming Boyue Likebook Mars almost seems more like an Android tablet than an eReader.
It features a Rockchip RK3368 octa-core, 64-bit processor, which kind of seems like overkill for a device that’s designed primarily for reading eBooks. But as Boyue’s teaser video shows, tat’s not all this device can do.
Update: The Likebook Mars is now available for purchase from Amazon for $259.
The video shows a bunch of third-party apps installed on the device. Most seem to be reading-related, including OverDrive, Nook, Goodreads, Google Play Books, Amazon Kindle, Audible, Adobe Acrobat, FBReader, and other apps and services for eBooks and audiobooks.
But the Google Play Store is also installed, which means that you should be able to install web browsers, news apps, or anything else you think might be usable on a device with a grayscale display and a low screen refresh rate.
Here’s a run-down of the specs we know about so far:
- 7.8 inch, 1404 x 1872 pixel illuminated display (300 ppi)
- RK3368 processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB of storage + microSD card slot (up to 128GB)
- 2,800 mAh battery (up to 2 weeks of use)
- Dual-band WiFi (2.4G/5G)
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 7.8″ x 5.7″ x 0.4″
- 9.2 ounces
The device runs “Likebook OS” software, which seems to be a modified version of Google Android.
Update: The Digital Reader reports that the operating system is based on Android 6.0.1. It also looks like a rabranded Boyue Likebook Mars will be sold for 268 Euros in Europe as the Illumina XL6.
There’s no word on the price or release date, but the Likebook Mars seems to be an upgraded version of the $199 Likebook Plus, which has a similar design, but a less powerful processor and half the RAM.
via The eBook Reader
I love my Likebook Mars. Here’s my review:
I picked up one off of Amazon, but it *doesn’t* have Google Play Store. Am I missing something. I’ve been unable to load it from an apk.
An e-reader on steroids! Sounds nice.
That extra power would probably be attractive if you can install busybox and related stuff on it, then you could use it as a moderately powerful and flexible soc computer with its own display.
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