Netronix Shows Off 13.3-inch E Ink eReader (Video)

Netronix 13 ereader

Netronix has a 13.3-inch ereader under development that could be ready for mass production in as little as three months.

Netronix is currently looking for distributors for their ultimate note-taking and document-displaying ereader.

The device runs Android 4.0.4 and is expected to be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s powered by a i.MX6 Solo Lite processor, and includes a microSD card slot.

The 13.3-inch E Ink screen has a resolution of 1200 x 1600. It comes equipped with a capacitive touchscreen for finger touch as well as an electromagnetic touchscreen for use with a stylus pen.

The onscreen writing appears to work pretty fast in the video. Page turns are quite zippy with ebooks too (shown about 4:30).

Netronix’s 13.3-inch ereader weighs less than 400 grams thanks to the flexible plastic-based display, and the device is only 6.8mm thick.

Hopefully some distributors place large orders for this device and we can start seeing it released later this year. At the right price, it could be good competition for the only other 13.3-inch ereader on the market, the Sony DPT-S1, which sells for a wallet-devouring $999.

PocketBook also has a couple 13.3-inch ereaders in the works, but they’ve been working on them for over a year and still nothing beyond a prototype has materialized, so hopefully Netronix has better luck getting their device on the market.

Netronix Demos 13.3″ eReader


7 Responses to “Netronix Shows Off 13.3-inch E Ink eReader (Video)”

  1. Looks good to me – nice thickness, nice weight, I suppose nice screen length for those who really need something that big. Hope they don’t decide to “devour our wallets” with a crazy high price.

    • Yeah, the size is perfect for PDFs. I’m surprised that Netronix isn’t emphasizing that point at all, instead focusing on note taking aspects.

  2. I don’t know how to calculate the ppi. How many ppi would it have?

    • 150 which is good

    • I’ve found that ppi is a bit deceptive when it comes to E Ink ereaders. The difference isn’t nearly as great as it is with LCD tablet screens. 150 ppi for a tablet would be awful, but with a large-screen E Ink ereader things are different. The Onyx Boox M96 also has 150 ppi and the text appears much thicker and darker than the 300 ppi Kindle Voyage, which has a super clear screen but much spindlier fonts. The way fonts are rendered makes just about as much difference as ppi for text. It’s fine details in images and stuff like that where you notice more of a difference.

  3. this will probably go nowhere in north America. Sony had a solution like this a couple years ago, never went anywhere, never became an accessible product. I don’t think it’s a demand problem but I’m just not sure anymore. It’s like 50 people end up getting these devices and you never hear about them again or they just never see the market.

    • Yeah, but people are stupid, this product is better than ipad will ever be yet they will obediently buy ipads cuz apple is “so hip and so cool”.