Onyx Boox has just released the second batch of the Poke 2 color e-reader. There are limited supplies available, Good e-Reader currently has 80 units that can be purchased for $279.99 and comes with a free case. This is the same price that most other distributors are charging.
The Poke 2 Color features a six inch E INK Carta HD Display with a resolution of 1072×1448 with 300 PPI. The color panel can display utilizes E INK Kalideo, which is a new generation of screens made using “electronic paper” technology allowing you to display up to 4096 colors. Thanks to the possibility to display a palette, this screen is convenient for reading educational literature and books with illustrations. The pixel density is 300 dpi in black-and-white mode and 100 dpi in color mode. Reading on this screen is as comfortable as reading from the page of a good paper book. The screen is sunken, so it doesn’t have a layer of glass on top of it. It also has a front-lit display, so you can read at night or during low light conditions.
Underneath the hood is an Octa-core 2.0 GHZ processor, 32GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM. It is powered by a 1,500 mAh battery. It is using a USB-C port with OTG. What is OTG? It basically allows you to plugin accessories into the USB port and they will just work, with no drivers necessary. This includes keyboards, mice, foot pedals, USB expansion slots and the like. It also has WIFI 2.4 and 5HZ for blazeningly quick internet speed and also Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless accessories and a microphone for things like Discord chat or Skype Messaging. It is powered by a 1500 mAh battery, good for a couple of weeks if using it every day for multiple hours.
This is the first color e-reader currently available that has Android 9 and full access to the Google Play Store, it is very compelling and worth checking out, provide you can buy one.
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.