Icarus has a new ebook reader up for pre-order called the Illumina XL HD that is expected to get released in August.
It features a 7.8-inch E Ink screen with 300 ppi, making it the first ereader to knockoff the Kobo Aura One.
However, aside from having the same screen it’s completely different than the Aura One.
The Illumina XL HD runs Android 4.2 and comes with Google Play to install apps.
It also features twice as much storage space (16GB) and RAM (1GB) as the Aura One, and it has a faster 1.8GHz processor. Plus it adds support for audio.
It’s quite a bit heavier than the Aura One though at 275 grams (the Kobo is 230 grams) and it doesn’t have the auto adjusting frontlight or the customizable color tone.
It’s hard to tell from the pictures but it doesn’t look like it has a flush glass screen either, and it’s definitely not waterproof like the Aura One.
Nonetheless, it’s good to see more 7.8-inch 300 ppi ereaders hitting the market because that’s a great screen size for reading.
- 7.8″ E-Ink Carta HD
- 1872 x 1404 resolution (300 ppi)
- 16GB internal memory (no memory card slot)
- Capacitive touchscreen
- USB 2.0
- WiFi 802.11 B/G/N
- Supported formats: PDF, FB2, EPUB, RTF, MOBI, TXT, HTM, MP3, JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG
- 2800mAh battery
- Android 4.2 OS with Google Play
- Size: 145 x 200x 9mm, 275 grams
- Price: €199