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Kyobo mirasol eReader flaunts color e-paper on video

Kyobo mirasol eReader flaunts color e-paper on video

Qualcomm still hasn't announced any plans for a mirasol-based ereader outside of the Kyobo model launched in Korea this week, so we're having to make do with vicarious enjoyment such as this live demo of the color device in question. Fresh to YouTube and apparently filmed at a display section in one of Kyobo's retail stores, the eReader looks pleasingly responsive with its 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

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Kyobo eReader delivers mirasol and Android

Kyobo eReader delivers mirasol and Android

Kyobo Book Centre and Qualcomm have revealed the world's first ereader to use a mirasol color e-paper display, the Android-based Kyobo eReader. On sale in South Korea today, priced at the equivalent of $310, the Kyobo eReader is targeted at education customers rather than would-be iPad buyers, and runs Android 2.3 with a locked-down custom UI on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor.

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First mirasol ereader axed Qualcomm confirms

First mirasol ereader axed Qualcomm confirms

The first device to use Qualcomm's mirasol display technology has been cancelled, according to CEO Paul Jacobs. Speaking at Uplinq 2011 this week, Jacobs revealed that the device - an ereader expected to sell in low-volumes as a trial in the market for the backlight-free color epaper screen - fell short of his expectations and so the company decided to shelve it and focus on its successor.

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Qualcomm mirasol phone concept demo’d; Converged ereader incoming

Qualcomm mirasol phone concept demo’d; Converged ereader incoming

Qualcomm's mirasol display technology may not be on the market in any meaningful form yet, but the company sure knows how to put a mockup together. Fresh for SID 2011 this week is this 4.1-inch WVGA smartphone concept Engadget spotted, pairing the transflective color e-paper panel with what looks to be the intelligent front lighting system shown last week. Meanwhile, Qualcomm also had a new timescale for when, exactly, mirasol-toting hardware might actually go up for sale.

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Amazon Android “family of devices” due Q4: Tablets, Phones & STB?

Amazon Android “family of devices” due Q4: Tablets, Phones & STB?

Amazon may not have just one Android tablet in the works, but a whole range of devices using the Google open-source OS. That's the latest rumor, anyway, shared with Android and Me by a trusted "industry insider" who claims the much-speculated slate is only one of Amazon's "family of devices" headed to its virtual shelves this coming holiday season.

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Qualcomm mirasol gets intelligent LED lighting; in ereaders this fall

Qualcomm mirasol gets intelligent LED lighting; in ereaders this fall

Adding illumination to e-paper screens seems pretty counter-intuitive - after all, what makes the display technology special is that it looks like paper and doesn't need backlighting - but that's just what Qualcomm has done with its latest mirasol prototype. It makes sense, too, The Digital Reader discovered when Qualcomm whipped out the ereader mock-up at CES On The Hill this week; rather than backlighting the display, the new mirasol model actually has an embedded front light.

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Apple hybrid e-paper/LCD display plans tipped in new patent application

Apple hybrid e-paper/LCD display plans tipped in new patent application

Talk of an e-paper based iPad has rumbled around since the reveal of the first-gen model, but so far Apple has proved unwilling to move beyond its multi-purpose IPS LCD display and consider either monochrome or color e-ink panels. According to a freshly published patent application by the company, however, they've at least given thought to the merits of electronic paper; in a submission titled "Systems and Methods for Switching Between an Electronic Paper Display and a Video Display" Apple describes a layered display sandwich which would combine traditional LCD and e-paper screens.

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mirasol Android tablet video tease: Mockup or Pocketbook preview?

mirasol Android tablet video tease: Mockup or Pocketbook preview?

We're not sure if this is a pre-emptive glimpse of Pocketbook's mirasol-based ereader, set to get official at CES 2011 this week, or another mockup design by Qualcomm to show off the mirasol display technology, but either way we like it. The slate appears to use Qualcomm's existing 5.7-inch mirasol panel - which, as you probably remember, works indoors and out, requires no active backlighting, and can show color video - as well as Android.

Video after the cut

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New $1bn Qualcomm mirasol plant will make smartphone screens

New $1bn Qualcomm mirasol plant will make smartphone screens

Qualcomm has apparently agreed $1bn investment plans in a new mirasol plant, according to the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs. The new plant, which will be based at the Hsinchu Science Park, will see Qualcomm begin mass production of small- and medium-scale mirasol panels, such as might be used in a smartphone.

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PocketBook Mirasol ereader due Q3 2011; IQ701 touchscreen tablet tipped

PocketBook Mirasol ereader due Q3 2011; IQ701 touchscreen tablet tipped

PocketBook has apparently accidentally confirmed that it will be launching a new ereader, Mirasol, at CES 2011 next January, that as the name suggests will use Qualcomm's mirasol e-paper technology. According to sources at the company, the Mirasol reader will reach the market in Q3 2011, and the color display costs around 1.5x what a monochrome E Ink panel would be. Meanwhile, PocketBook also has a touchscreen tablet in the works.

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Pocketbook ereader range & Android tablet revealed; mirasol model in development?

Pocketbook ereader range & Android tablet revealed; mirasol model in development?

News on ereader manufacture Pocketbook's plans for IFA 2010 ahead of the show, with four new ereaders and a tablet all emerging from the company's press division.  The Pocketbook Pro 602, Pro 603, Pro 902 and Pro 903 each have WiFi and Bluetooth, with the 60x models using a 6-inch E Ink display and the 90x models getting the 9.7-inch version.  The Pocketbook IQ, meanwhile, is an Android 2.0 tablet.  However, according to The Digital Reader's sources, Pocketbook are one of Qualcomm's initial mirasol clients, and are working on a new device using the color e-paper display.

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Second Qualcomm mirasol plant in works amid $2bn display investment

Second Qualcomm mirasol plant in works amid $2bn display investment

Qualcomm have invested in a second mirasol plant, also intended to product the company's 5.7-inch color epaper displays, with volume production tipped to kick off in 2012.  According to DigiTimes sources, the 4.5G plant will cost Qualcomm $2bn; they also say that "a major client has already started the design-in process" presumably for Q1 2011 release.

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