Yesterday Pocketbook announced the release of a new ereader called the Pocketbook Inkpad 4 that will be coming out in the next couple of weeks.
It has a 7.8-inch E Ink Carta 1200 screen and a frontlight with temperature control. It has 32GB of storage space, built-in speakers for audiobooks and text-to-speech, and it’s waterproof with an IPX8 rating.
Other specs for the PocketBook InkPad 4 include a USB-C port, a rotation sensor, a dual-core processor, it has WiFi and Bluetooth, and it has a 2000mAh battery.
The PocketBook InkPad 4 has a new flush screen design and the buttons have been relocated to the very bottom edge of the device (you have to look really closely to see them in the pictures).
The overall dimensions for the InkPad 4 are listed at 134 × 189.5 × 7.95mm, and it weighs in at 265 grams, which is 40 grams heavier than the PocketBook InkPad 3 Pro that was released in 2019.
Unfortunately it looks like PocketBook is going all in on flush front screen designs moving forward. Hopefully they do a better job than they did with the PocketBook Era, which had one of the worst screens I’ve ever seen because of the cloudy flush layer. They mention an anti-scratch layer in the press release for the InkPad 4 so that’s not a good sign for text clarity, but we’ll have to wait and see for sure.
The bright off-center PocketBook logo seems like a questionable design choice too, but at least you can put your thumb over it to block it out.
The overall design of the PocketBook InkPad 4 looks quite nice, though, with similar characteristics to the design of the PocketBook Era, which is actually really nice all except for the horribly washed-out screen. The newer E Ink Carta 1200 screens have better contrast, but it doesn’t matter when they add a cloudy flush front layer over the top of it.