Yesterday I wrote a post about the rumour that Qualcomm’ Mirasol screen technology would be launched some time in 2012. And I expressed doubts about whether it would ever actually happen.
Well, I was as wrong as you can be! Shortly after posting that article, I was inundated with press releases telling me that Korean book sellers Kyobo have launched an ereader using the Mirasol screen.
So, with a very red face, sack-cloth and ashes, I have to tell you that it has actually happened, and there is now a fully fledged ereader out there with all the advantages of the standard e-Ink type of screen (long battery life, easy to read in bright light, easy on the eyes for long periods of reading), but also full colour.
It seems the refresh rate is fast enough to also show videos on this device, so whilst it is a dedicated ereader, and not simply a small tablet, it can perform several other tasks.
They haven’t yet given out too much information about this ereader, but it will only be on sale in South Korea, that is obvious at least. But equally obvious, if it takes off, then it wont be long before other ereader companies come on board and start to use the Mirasol screen instead of the e-Ink or LCD ones they currently use. So watch out for the first non-LCD colour Nook or Kobo ereader… Must happen.
So, until then, here are a few extracts from their press release which give an idea of what this gadget is. Also, if you follow this link, you will be able to see a couple of videos showing the ereader in action, rather impressive I find.
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