The MobiScribe Wave Color is a mobile device with a 7.8 inch E Ink Kaleido Plus color display that can display up to 4096 colors. It’s also designed for taking handwritten notes, and the tablet comes with a Wacom EMR pen that supports up to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity.
While the MobiScribe Wave Color is designed for note-taking, it runs an Android 12-based operating system and should support third-party apps, allowing you to load eBook readers or other applications that play well with E Ink’s paper-like displays.
Just keep in mind that E Ink’s Kaleido Plus technology has some drawbacks. While it can display color, unlike many of the company’s older black and white screens, the colors look rather muted or washed out. And because E Ink applies a color filter over a grayscale display, the resolution of color content is much lower than it is for black and white.
The MobiScribe Wave tops out at 468 x 624 pixels (or 100 pixels per inch) in color mode. While the company’s official spec sheet doesn’t spell this out, that means you cab probably expect the 7.8 inch, 4:3 aspect ratio display to look much better in grayscale model, which should be able to display 1404 x 1872 pixels (300 ppi).
Or if you’re pretty sure you don’t need color, you can opt for a black and white-only version of the MobiScribe Wave. It’s selling for $285 at Amazon and MobiScribe (or $255 if you use that $30-off coupon at Amazon).
Aside from the different displays, the two devices are pretty much identical. Both measures 5.84″ x 7.6″ x 0.32″ and feature:
- Display: 7.8 inches, front-lit, adjustable brightness and color temperature
- Processor: 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 64GB
- Battery: 2,500 mAh
- Ports: 1 x USB Type-C
- Wireless: WiFi 6 & Bluetooth 5.2
- Audio: Built-in speakers
- Water resistance: IPX7
- OS: Android 12
MobiScribe says its Android-based operating system includes apps for taking notes and drawing pictures and support for optical character recognition for converting handwritten notes to printed and searchable text.
Bluetooth support means that you can also use wireless headphones, keyboards, or other accessories with the MobiScribe Wave.