The Supernote is a new brand of digital notepads and ebook readers out of China from a company called Ratta.
They sell two models. There’s a 10.3-inch version, the Supernote A5, and a 7.8-inch version, the Supernote A6.
The Supernotes support ePub and PDF files, and they have a Wacom touchscreen for notes and drawings.
They have 32GB of internal storage space and 1GB of RAM.
Unfortunately they’re using a single core Cortex A9 processor so they will be kind of laggy compared to similar models that have at least quad-core processors like Onyx’s ereaders.
With no frontlight and a single-core processor, it looks like these Supernotes are coming out a couple years too late.
The Supernote UI is Linux-based instead of Android so at least they’re working on developing their own software instead of piggy-backing on a poorly optimized Android OS.
At this point it’s unclear if they plan on selling Supernotes in the US through any reputable sources, but they’re available in China from some book stores and online at JD.com.
See the Supernote website for more details.
I’m tempted by the larger readers from them and some of the Android based ones but it seems no other ereader software is nearly as polished as Kindle and Kobo.
That is true. Onyx’s software has gotten pretty good, but it’s a lot more advanced so there seems to be more issues that come up. Each update brings more new features and more new bugs, it seems.
Are there any brick and mortar stores you’re aware of in the US that sell the Onyx ereaders? They do seem the most compelling but I’d really love to play around with them first like you can with products at the Apple Store or Best Buy before potentially shelling out likely a half grand minimum on one.
Kindles and Nooks are the only devices on display in stores in the US.
“Unfortunately they’re using a single core Cortex A9 processor so they will be kind of laggy”
I believe it is a Linux OS rather than Android (like a ReMarkable) so it is more likely to be able to get away with one core.