PocketBook has firmed up grand plans to make a splash at the upcoming CES 2011 event and will be carrying half a dozen e-readers to the prestigious tech show when it unfolds in January. And among those e-readers, there will be be one that will surely turn quite a few dozen heads. The e-reader in question will have the color Qualcomm Mirasol display and is tentatively named PocketBook Mirasol.
However, if you find yourself anywhere between having heard the term Mirasol first time in your life to it being familiar but don’t have a clear idea of what’s it all about, well here it is. Mirasol displays can be considered the color equivalent of e-ink displays in that they are extremely frugal on power sources as power is drawn only when the display changes. Also, another reason why power usage is minimum is that the display is not backlit, which again has the obvious benefit of the display being perfectly readable even in direct sunlight. Screen refresh rate is another strong point of the Mirasol displays and it is way better than what e-ink displays are capable of. This implies interacting with onscreen menus and link is a breeze.
Coming back to the PocketBook e-reader, while one can expect all of the above mentioned Mirasol goodies in it, the e-reader PocketBook will have on display at CES will be capable of dealing with 12 frames per second (FPS) which is way below the minimum of 24 to 30 FPS that is needed for a device to play back acceptable quality video. So what this means is that the prototype PocketBook Mirasol e-reader will be just what it is intended to be, an e-book reader and not a Jack-of-all-trade sort of thing.
The other five e-readers PocketBook will have on display at the CES will be e-ink based.
Note: Image shown above is that of a prototype to showcase the Mirasol display and may or may not bear any direct or indirect resemblance to the e-reader that PocketBook intends to put up for display at CES 2011.