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Old 09-19-2012, 06:47 PM   #1
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New Kobo Glo/Mini preview on Engadget

http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/19/h...readers-video/


Not much more info but includes clearer images and footage of the new Kobos than we have seen previously. Looks nice.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:24 AM   #2
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Reasonable update. I will hold on until better reviews come around. The screen on the Glo looked kind of yellowish compared to the Mini, so hopefully a better camera would show exactly what it is like.

In terms of offering, price, and hardware it seems Kobo is making some smart decisions.
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:04 AM   #3
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She said backlit

It's a shame she didn't switch off the Glo light to be able to properly compare it with the mini's screen.

Glad to know about the back-softness though

Thanks for posting the link to the review!
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:31 AM   #4
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She said backlit

It's a shame she didn't switch off the Glo light to be able to properly compare it with the mini's screen.

Glad to know about the back-softness though

Thanks for posting the link to the review!
When she dialed the light all the way back it looked like the standard pearl screen which apparently it is. As with the new Kindle the apparent increased contrast is due to the light.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:59 AM   #5
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When she dialed the light all the way back it looked like the standard pearl screen which apparently it is. As with the new Kindle the apparent increased contrast is due to the light.
Yes it is the same... but it does have a higher resolution than the Touch. And of course it has an extra layer of *something or other* over the screen for the light diffusion. That's why I was wanting to compare it with the mini (no extra *something or other*, and relatively the same resolution as the mini has (less pixels but) a smaller screen).
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The mini has Vizplex screen which has worse contrast than the Pearl, so the Glo should be better than the mini even without the light on. AFAIK the Kobo Wifi had Vizplex screen.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:58 AM   #7
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The mini has Vizplex screen which has worse contrast than the Pearl
Wrong!

Visplex is e-ink's trademarked name for the overall technology. Pearl is the latest version of the Visplex technology, and is used on the Mini as well as the Glo. Resolution of both is around 210ppi. Shameer has verified this in another thread.

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Old 09-20-2012, 12:13 PM   #8
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Pretty decent review. I notice that although the used backlighting down below, they properly referred to it as frontlighting in the first couple of paragraphs.
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WRONG!

Visplex is e-ink's trademarked name for the overall technology. Pearl is the latest version of the Visplex technology, and is used on the Mini as well as the Glo. Resolution of both is around 210ppi. Shameer has verified this in another thread.
My bad, thanks for clarifying this. (It still bugs me that why they refer the mini screen simply as "vizplex" if it's a second generation one, better known as "pearl"?)

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Old 09-20-2012, 12:25 PM   #10
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By bad, thanks for clarifying this. (It still bugs me that why they refer the mini screen simply as "vizplex" if it's a second generation one, better known as "pearl"?)
Probably because eInk often doesn't differentiate in their marketing materials. They often just call the current screens Viziplex and only seem to have used Pearl much when they were offering both types (ie: when Pearl first came out).

EDIT: It looks like they've redone their site and now are calling it Pearl again , it would be nice if they'd pick one.

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I found it on the eink.com website:

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The kobo's website at minis tech specs says it has "E Ink Vizplex V110". Seems NOT a Pearl to me.
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It's very confused, but the e-ink web site says the Mini uses a Pearl:
http://www.eink.com/customer_showcase_kobo_mini.html

Some marketing guys somewhere don't seem to be doing their jobs very well...

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Old 09-20-2012, 02:06 PM   #13
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The article says "the resolution is 1,024 x 758 (yes, 758)." Is that really true? If not, somebody might wanna let Engadget know, because they even repeated it for emphasis like they were sure of it.

Kobo's site says 1024x768...
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It's very confused, but the e-ink web site says the Mini uses a Pearl:
http://www.eink.com/customer_showcase_kobo_mini.html
The problem is, that eink website seems to use the "E Ink Pearl Active Matrix Display" as a generic term relating to the Kobo Mini, Kobo Glo and the Kindle Paperwhite. Are they all really using the same screens, it seems unlikely, as why would Kobo list the screens on the Glo and Mini differently?

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The article says "the resolution is 1,024 x 758 (yes, 758)." Is that really true? If not, somebody might wanna let Engadget know, because they even repeated it for emphasis like they were sure of it.
SameerH from Kobo stated that figure too in his post here, and I've read some posts discussing the Kindle Touch and how the firmware for it has support for the features of the new Kindle Paperwhite including "1024x758, 212 dpi display". I haven't a clue if it's a typo or if it's correct and people are just 'fixing' it to the standard 768. Does it really matter?
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The problem is, that eink website seems to use the "E Ink Pearl Active Matrix Display" as a generic term relating to the Kobo Mini, Kobo Glo and the Kindle Paperwhite. Are they all really using the same screens, it seems unlikely, as why would Kobo list the screens on the Glo and Mini differently?


SameerH from Kobo stated that figure too in his post here, and I've read some posts discussing the Kindle Touch and how the firmware for it has support for the features of the new Kindle Paperwhite including "1024x758, 212 dpi display". I haven't a clue if it's a typo or if it's correct and people are just 'fixing' it to the standard 768. Does it really matter?
It is 758. eInk screens are cut from larger 'sheets' and the 'non-standardness' is due to 758 being a higher-yielding cut for eInk to make.

It's a bit confusing as we can see, but the bottom line is there are more pixels on the page leading to crisper and sharper text.

That in combination with all of our other Glo features: ComfortLight, TypeGenius and hand-tuned fonts, makes this the best eReader experience in the world in our opinion. But don't take my word for it
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