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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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Qualcomm: mirasol on track, first tablets/ereaders in Q1 2011

Qualcomm: mirasol on track, first tablets/ereaders in Q1 2011

With E Ink's new Pearl display making its debut in the third-generation Kindle, resolutely monochrome and - according to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos - staying that way for the near future, attention turned to what's been described as the key color competition, Qualcomm's mirasol. Comments from Steve Mollenkopf, the company's executive VP of CDMA technologies, earlier this week seemed to suggest production hadn't even kicked off. We caught up with Jim Cathey, VP of business development for Qualcomm's MEMS division to find out exactly where mirasol is up to, and when we could expect to see devices using the display technology reach the market.

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Color Kindle “a long way out” insists Amazon CEO

Color Kindle “a long way out” insists Amazon CEO

Hopes for a color Kindle refresh to better position the ereader against Apple's iPad have been dashed this week, with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos telling company shareholders that the technology is "still a long way out".  The outspoken executive confirmed that Amazon have been looking into color e-ink displays, but said that what he'd seen "in the laboratory" were "still not ready for prime-time production."

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Color E Ink devices to ship Q1 2011

Color E Ink devices to ship Q1 2011

Ereader display heavyweight E Ink reckon they'll have a color e-paper panel ready in time for devices to ship in the first quarter of 2011, according to their VP of marketing.  Speaking to PCMag this week, Sriram Peruvemba revealed that E Ink plan to show off newer color e-paper displays at SID in a few weeks time, and that the company is working on significantly improved refresh rates.

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Qualcomm mirasol e-reader coming Fall 2010

Qualcomm mirasol e-reader coming Fall 2010

Qualcomm's mirasol team had their animated demo device at MobileFocus today, but what was more interesting was their information about shipping e-readers using the low-power display technology.  They've confirmed that the first mirasol-based unit is expected in fall 2010, though they won't reveal who exactly will be using the panel.

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Tablets, tablets all around (& not just Notion Ink)

Tablets, tablets all around (& not just Notion Ink)

One of the big surprises from CES 2010 last week was the sheer number of tablets. Perhaps, what with the persistent rumors of Apple's imminent entrance to the segment, that shouldn't be seen as too unusual, but as many commenters seem to have conveniently forgotten, this isn't exactly a new niche in the tech world. Microsoft, however badly they subsequently managed it, lent their weight behind compact tablets (aka UMPCs or Ultra-Mobile PCs) back in the days of Origami, and more recently we've seen PMPs first grow large, video-capable displays and then borrow internet functionality from notebooks as WiFi proliferated.

Qualcomm mirasol color ereader hands-on

Qualcomm mirasol color ereader hands-on

Qualcomm's mirasol display technology grabbed attention back in November 2009 when it graduated from tiny PMP status displays to a legitimate, video-capable and full-color e-ink alternative.  Back then, the company had a working display but a mock-up ereader, a real mirasol panel frozen with a single image.  They've brought along a new prototype to CES 2010, and this time it's capable of playing full video.  Check out our demo video after the cut.

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