The Kyobo Mirasol eReader Is Discontinued
Jul
06

The Kyobo Mirasol eReader Is Discontinued

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The Kyobo was the first hybrid tablet and e-reader to use Mirasol’s new color e-paper technology. It came out early this year and Qualcomm was heavily touting the device as a major achievement. Kyobo is the largest bookstore chain in South Korea and senior management has confirmed with us today that the company is discontinuing the Kyobo e-Reader.

All Kyobo locations in South Korea will not be ordering in Mirasol e-readers once existing stock is sold out. Many retail outlets still have a number of them in stock but are phasing them out completely. Kyobo is now holding a fire sale on these tablets and is selling them in the stores for only $87, which is eerily similar to the whole HP TouchPad fiasco. The company told us that they face stiff competition from Samsung, Toshiba, Acer, and Asus tablets in the retail market. The Kyobo costs around $300 US and you can get a higher performing tablet with a more recent version of Google Android for the cost. The Kyobo e-Reader simply did not generate enough buzz and attention in their stores to be viable for continued distribution.

The Mirasol e-reader from Kyobo had a few things going for it that were quite impressive. It featured a six inch screen and was powered by a new breed of color e-paper technology. It draws less power, thereby giving you longer battery life. The main selling point is that the tablet is easy on the easy on the eyes so you don’t suffer from the same sort of eyestrain that you would get from a LCD tablet.

Mirasol screen technology was a product that took almost eight years to develop, but never caught on with OEM’s and manufacturers. There are only a few other devices that use their display technology: Bambook Sunflower, Hanvon C18, and the Koobe Jin Yong. Hanvon doesn’t even list the tablet on their main website and the other companies are next to impossible to contact. Basically, only fringe companies took the step to use this screen technology and none were successful at releasing a commercially viable product.

If you are interested in the Kyobo Mirasol with English firmware, you can still order it from Shop e-Readers. The store will honor all support, warranties, and help you may need.

Michael Kozlowski (3747 Posts)

Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about electronic readers and technology for the last four years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the Huffington Post, CNET and more. Michael frequently travels to international events such as IFA, Computex, CES, Book Expo and a myriad of others. If you have any questions about any of his articles, please send an email to michael@goodereader.com


  • zinj

    I’m still glad I picked one up as soon as they were announced. Totally unique and I use it outdoors all the time.

  • https://nards-barley.myopenid.com/ Nards Barley

     Nate the extraordinary is rejecting your confirmation. LOL!

  • http://goodereader.com/blog/ Good E-Reader

     His operation is of no concern. We sell these in our online store and deal with 3 locations in South Korea, we also deal with a local buyer who buys them on our behalf. All 3 locations and our buyer said that Kyobo was discontinuing them because of lack of sales. They are selling them for almost 99.99 now because its a firesale, similar to the touchpad.

  • https://nards-barley.myopenid.com/ Nards Barley

     Well that is good because I rejected Nate’s denial of your confirmation.

  • http://goodereader.com/blog/ Good E-Reader

    Respected news agencies quote their sources, he never does. I would not put much stock in anything he reports.

  • DCGigs

    Zinj, have you had any luck with the firmware update?  Mine arrived today and I can’t get the update past 20-30% like you said you were having trouble with too.

  • zinj

    I couldn’t get the update.zip to work, but I tried the newer update with access to the android market and it worked.  You have to rename it to update.zip to make it work.  You can get the file here on good ereader.  It’s actually what I wanted because it a gives access to the Google Play store and you can download and install any apps you want.  No need to root.

  • DCGigs

    Could you be more specific about which one you mean by newer?  I found this one (http://goodereader.com/blog/uploads/files/update_0319_with_market.zip) here (
    http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/how-to-install-android-apps-and-english-firmware-on-kyobo-mirasol-e-reader/ ) but it won’t work for me and stops at about 30% through installation.  Thanks!

  • zinj

    That’s the one.