Last month we noted that Chinese device maker Bigme had launched the Bigme B1 Pro with a 10.3 inch color E Ink display. Now the company has also introduced a 7.8 inch model called the Bigme S3 and it went up for pre-order from Chinese online retailer JD.com recently for 3,499 CNY (about $540 US)
Update: Another 7.8 inch color eReader is also coming, and while the specs are less impressive, the PocketBook 740 Color is expected to be available worldwide and will likely have a more affordable price tag of around $300.
Here’s a run-down of some key specs for the Bigme S3:
- 7.8 inch, 1404 x 1872 pixel color E Ink display
- Front-light with 36 brightness levels
- 1.8 GHz octa-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB storage
- Android 8.1 based operating system
- 2,000 mAh battery
- USB-C port
- Dual microphones (for voice transcription)
- 7.5″ x 5.3″ x 0.25″
- 7.8 ounces
With an E Ink display, the Bigme S3 is clearly an eReader first and foremost, and it supports popular formats for eBooks and digital magazines and comics including EPUB, Mobi, and PDF. But it’s also basically an Android tablet that should be capable of running some third-party apps.
It also has some special features including support for translating speech to text for note taking, and the device works with a digital pen that allows you to write or draw on the screen.
One thing to keep in mind about any device with E Ink’s Kaleido display technology is that color content may look grainier than grayscale content. That’s because these screens have a color filter applied on top of a normal E Ink display that works in a way that allows black and white content to be displayed at 300 pixels per inch, while color content is displayed at 100 pixels per inch.
So don’t expect the kind of vivid, sharp colors you’d get from an OLED or even LCD display. You do get the benefits of E Ink including high visibility in sunlight, reduced eye strain, and low power consumption. But you also get colors that look a bit more like what you’d see in newsprint than glossy magazines.
For a hands-on review of the new Bigme S3, check out an entry in the Chinese language SMZDM community. It’s pretty easy to follow with Google or Bing translate, and there are plenty of pictures that speak a thousand words without the need for any translation anyway. Here are a few, but check out the review for many more:
via eReader X