Readmoo is the largest e-reader and ebook company in Taiwan and E INK is seeking to develop closer ties with the company. This is because the upcoming MooInk Plus 2C will be the world’s first e-reader using E INK Kaleido 3 color e-paper. The benefits of this technology is that the refresh rate is tremendously better than Gallery 3. The 2C is going to be shipping out in April and you can pre-order it from the Good e-Reader Store.
The MooInk Plus 2C color e-reader with a 7.8-inch E Ink Kaleido 3 display. The Kaleido 3 e-paper display offers 300 PPI (1404 x 1872 pixels) resolution in monochrome mode, which drops down to 150 PPI (702 x 936 pixels) when viewing in color. The screen otherwise is capable of displaying 4096 colors. The screen is front-lit with user adjustable color temperature control while the ComfortGaze eye protection technology reduces blue light by 60 percent.
Under the hood lies a quad-core 1.8 GHz processor that is coupled to 2 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and a massive 128 GB of native storage, with about 119 GB being available to users. Power comes from a 2050 mAh battery which the company said can last several weeks at a time. Wireless connectivity that the e-reader supports include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.2. Also, a unique aspect of the MooInk Plus 2C is that it comes with a pair of page turn buttons on either side for enhanced user convenience. Then there also is the USB Type-C port for charging as well as data transfer. The e-reader weighs 280 grams and has a depth of 8.8mm.
I think Kaleido 3 is better than Gallery 3 at the moment, which is why more companies are starting to use this tech in upcoming problems. Gallery 3 only supports 8-inch displays, which is why the Bigme Galy, Pocketbook Viva and the upcoming Sharp e-reader are all using this screen size. Kaleido 3 does not have these size restraints and can be used on virtually any screen. Kaleido has way better refresh system, since it is merely using a color filter array to project color on the screen in RGB. Gallery 3 has its roots in Advanced Color E-Paper, which always suffered from refresh issues and can display CMYK. I have played around with 4 Gallery 3 devices so far, and although its possible to cut down on the refresh rate via software enhancements, it’s never going to have the fluid experience as traditional black and white e-paper displays or Kaleido 3.
The world is waiting with baited breath, as the Readmoo MooInk Plus 2C is getting closer to release. This device will show everyone what Kaleido 3 is capable of on a traditional e-reader with no note taking functionality.
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.