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Old 06-22-2017, 05:48 PM   #1
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There are campaign running on indiegogo of Icarus Illumna XL HD
It was already posted on other forums and blog sites but I haven't seen it here, so here is specs from their page:

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7.8" E-Ink Carta HD, touchscreen (1872 x 1404)
Integrated frontlight (adjustable intensity and can be turned off)
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Android 4.2: install your own apps
1.8Ghz quad-core processor (Rockchip) with 1GB RAM
16 Gb internal memory (no sd card)
Supports ePub and PDF with Adobe DRM and in addition FB2, RTF, MOBI, TXT, HTM
Supports other ebook ecosystems, newspapers, articles and many other content through apps / Google Play Store
Audio support (MP3) and 3.5mm headphone jack
Battery: 2,800mAh Lithium Ion
200 x 145 x 9mm, 275 gr.

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Old 06-30-2017, 01:03 PM   #2
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They added some videos if anyone is interested.
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Also it uses same screen and latest Regal waveform like in KA One which is exciting.
What is disappointing is that they will not make the software completely open-source and it wont support usb host mode
(someone in forum mentioned that it works on Illumna XL).

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Also it uses same screen and latest Regal waveform like in KA One which is exciting.
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I believe the KA1 DOES NOT use the regal waveform. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.
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In the video showing the Kindle app, I do see ghosting. So I doubt it's using the regal waveform.
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I think that XL HD uses Regal since and they said so in comment
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the Regal waveform supported is the last version (like Kobo Aura One). CPU is Rockchip 1.8Ghz. The screen is Carta HD (1872 × 1404).
and also said so in reply to my mail.
Though that they would know better because it looks like they are using same screen as KA1/ or just made a mistake so going to ask them.
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KA One screen indeed has Regal as they said and so Illumna XL Hd has.
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What a suck fest! Horrible screen.
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Looks like refresh and contrast is not really good, but specs looks good as it has quad-core RK3188 processor (Icarus support did not mention it but looks like Boyue t80s which has almost same specs). Better firmware would make this reader really good for its price I think.
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I don't see an issue with the screen. Just the fact that they were demonstrating apps not designed for e-ink (eg: scrolling, little full screen refresh to clear ghosting, and light/grey fonts).

If you look at the status bar or app draw, the screen looks fine.
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Looks like refresh and contrast is not really good, but specs looks good as it has quad-core RK3188 processor (Icarus support did not mention it but looks like Boyue t80s which has almost same specs). Better firmware would make this reader really good for its price I think.
Not the same specs better processor, higher density screen, larger memory capacity has bluetooth supports smart cover what else would you want in an ereader update.
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Looks like I'm too obessed with contrast as I am using reader with pearl screen so I was expecting too much from carta screen (like very dark black colors although now I've noticed that it was because of grey/ thin text and third-party apps that made it look not as dark)

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Not the same specs better processor, higher density screen, larger memory capacity has bluetooth supports smart cover what else would you want in an ereader update.
If you mean not same specs compared to t80s you might be right (as some info of Icarus reader was not mentioned) but both Icarus XL HD and t80s has quad-core processor, 1GB of ram, 300ppi carta screen ect. - there is a chance that they have almost the same specs so I was just comparing XL HD to T80s as there are some more pictures of it, not saying that it's not upgraded enough (actually its more than enough in my opinion).
Not sure if Icarus has bluetooth though as it was not mentioned in their page.
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Remember, it's a video and what you see may not be as it is in terms of contrast. Lighting plays a good part on this and so does the angle of the camera.

I've used Pearl and I'm now using Carta and the Carta screen is noticeably better. Carta does have better contrast.
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According to eink's own datasheeets, Carta has 50% better contrast than Pearl. It's certainly noticeable, as Jon says.

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If Icarus 7.8 was released before the Aura One, I might have been interested.
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Looks prett good, but I had to reurn the Icarus Ilumina XL when I bought it like a year ago because of the high ghosting problems. SO let's see what happens with this one.
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