There are three new ebook readers waiting to be unleashed in the Russian ebook scene, courtesy the Russian electronics company Qumo. The three ereaders are each aimed at different price segments, starting with the Libro Basic, which is the cheapest of the lot at 2990 rubles or $89 USD. At this price point, it’s just basic features that one should be expecting, which includes a Pearl e-ink display along with 4 GB of storage. The Libro Basic even lacks a wi-fi connection, which means users will have to depend on an external computing device to feed the ereader with the reading materials.
Next, the Libro Lux offers the Pearl e-ink display together with a few other goodies, such as built in lighting, an audio player, and a FM radio. The extra features have also added to the cost, priced as it is at 4490 rubles or about $136 USD.
Finally, the Libro TouchLux is the top of the line model and is the costliest of the three, being priced at 5990 rubles, which comes to about $181 USD. The higher price tag is justified by the inclusion of a few more extra features, such as a touchscreen interface added on top of the Pearl e-ink HD display having a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. The Libro TouchLux runs on Android, though the exact version remains undisclosed. Qumo is even pegging the device as a mini tablet to some extent, though its processing capabilities have been kept under wraps.
Among the features that is common for all the ereaders includes 4 GB of RAM as well as the Pearl e-ink display, exemplified by a higher contrast while still being battery efficient. All of the models are available in black and offer a six-inch screen.
Qumo has also not revealed when the three ereaders will hit streets in Russia, except that it’s going to happen this autumn.
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