The Cybook Ocean has been delayed numerous times since it was first announced late last year. It still does not have a release date, but a French tech analyst managed to get a first look.
The Ocean is breaks the mold of the standard e-reader by having an eight inch screen. Amazon, B&N and most of Kobo’s devices all have a six inch screen, so readers may dig the fact they have more screen real estate to read books.
The Cybook Ocean has a eight inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024×768. Underneath the hood is a single core Cortex A8 TIOMAP3611 800 MHz processor and 128 MB of RAM. You have 4 GB of internal memory to store your eBooks and an expandable SD card to upgrade it further to 32 GB. There is a 2100 mAh battery, which should give you around one month of reading time.
Lets talk about the ascetics of the e-reader itself. It has a similar design to the Kobo Aura, with the screen flush with the bezel. Most e-readers have a sunken display, such as Kindle Paperwhite 2 and Nook Glowlight. It does not have physical buttons, but looks like it has soft keys to turn the pages on the bottom of the unit.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.