It looks like another company has jumped on the e-note bandwagon. New dedicated ereaders are a rarity these days but a number of companies are coming out with E Ink notebooks that also double as ereaders.
The Geniatech KloudNote has turned up for sale on Amazon for $449. It ships from China so delivery is several weeks away.
It has a flexible 10.3-inch E Ink Mobius screen with 227 ppi, but it does not appear to come equipped with a frontlight unfortunately.
The specs say it has an electromagnetic touchscreen (Wacom) with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and it comes with a stylus.
The Geniatech KloudNote has a quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage space, with dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2.
It also has a USB-C port with OTG support, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a speaker and mic. The back button below the screen is equipped with a fingerprint sensor. Battery size is 4000mAh, and the device weighs in at 385 grams.
The software is based on Android 8.1, but there’s no mention of it coming with Google Play or installing apps. The interface looks a lot like Onyx’s software.
It’s nice to have more options but I don’t see any compelling reason to buy the Geniatech KloudNote over more established products like the e-notes from Onyx. Even the Kobo Elipsa has a frontlight and it costs $50 less.
For myself purchasing my large format
e-reader/note devices direct from China via Amazon.ca was less than ideal. Converting from US to Canadian currency and then adding boarder duties bumped my $499 purchase up to $750.
Unfortunately my device developed broken pixels after thirty days and there’s only one authorized repair center in all of North America for warranty repairs. When I reached out to the Chinese based company from who I made my purchase from, I found customer service sorely lacking.
I’ve now gone back to buying my electronics from local companies with brick and mortar retail stores that offer a solid customer experience and warrantee the product I bought from them directly. That way if the product is defective I can go back to the store and get it replaced immediately or get it fixed relatively quickly without having to send it out of my country.
Thanks again to Nathan for running this blog and for the community here on this site. I learned a lot of helpful tips and tricks around optimizing my e-ink devices.
I agree. I wish there were more local companies to buy large e-notes and ereaders from instead of having to deal with some Chinese company nobody has heard of, and I don’t recommend buying anything directly from China because of the hassle with returns if there’s a problem. At least there’s the Kobo Elipsa now. I still can’t understand why Amazon doesn’t release a 10″ Kindle Note, but they just don’t seem to care about advancing Kindles anymore.
Steve H. says
Not So sure that stale Amazon will not put out a large reader. Even Captains asleep at the wheel can notice the trend of almost every company that we have or have not heard of is going large this year. Barnes and Noble may not be able to, Amazon just might.
An Oasis 10″ with page buttons is an instant buy for me….second option, an Onyx Note Air with page buttons.