PocketBook is releasing new ebook readers at a record pace this year, and they’ve just added two more 6-inch models to their lineup, the PocketBook Verse and the PocketBook Verse Pro.
They’re basically newer versions of the Touch Lux and Touch HD models, and it doesn’t look like much has really changed other than the designs and a switch to USB-C ports.
The PocketBook Verse has a 6-inch E Ink Carta screen with 212 ppi like the new Basic Lux 4 model, but the Verse adds a frontlight with adjustable color temperature. It also has 8GB of storage space, a microSD card slot, and WiFi. It weighs 182 grams.
The PocketBook Verse Pro has a 6-inch E Ink Carta screen with 300 ppi, and it adds waterproofing, audio support via Bluetooth, and Dark Mode for white text on a black background. It also has a rotation sensor, and there’s 16GB of storage space, but the “Pro” model inexplicably lacks a memory card slot. The device weighs 186 grams, and it measures 108 × 156 × 7.6 mm.
Both models share the same design, and they both support a number of common ebook formats, including ebooks with Adobe DRM. Battery life is rated at up to one month for both models, but PocketBook doesn’t give any specific parameters on that.
PocketBook has released at least six new models this year now. That kind of seems like too many. What’s the point of selling a basic 6-inch model for $109 and then offering a slightly upgraded 6-inch model for $129, and then another slightly upgraded 6-inch model for $159? Are two separate low resolution models really necessary? The basic model seems kind of pointless now that the Verse is available. But too many choices is better than not enough.