In the gadget world, you're nothing until you've run Doom, and ereaders aren't exempt. Luckily Pocketbook's new 360 Plus has stepped up to the plate and delivered, with a new video demo showing the compact ebook reader running Doom II on its e-ink display.
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.
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.
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.
Given the number of wireless-enabled, high-aspiring ereaders we've seen promised for launch and then failing to turn up on schedule - Plastic Logic and Spring Design, we're looking at you - there are times when you wonder if you're better off with a regular ebook device that does the basics well. One such example might be the Pocketbook 360°, a non-wireless reader around the size of a CD case and half the weight of a Kindle or nook; it may not let you download ebooks while on the move, but it does apparently boast super-fast speed and usability.
We talked about the eReaders from Dulin back in March when they first tipped up. The books stirred some controversy when first announced when they claimed worldwide distribution deal was in place with ODM Netronix. Dulin has announced that its PocketBook 360 and PocketBook 301+ are now available for purchase in the US.
Ukrainian company PocketBook have announced a new, compact ebook reader, the PocketBook 360°, with a 5-inch e-ink display. Technical details about the new device are scarce, but it's believed to include an accelerometer for auto screen-rotation.