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Old 04-05-2021, 08:46 PM   #1
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Xiaomi launches the InkPalm 5 mini e-reader for 599 yuan (~$91)

https://www.gizmochina.com/2021/04/0...r-599-yuan-91/

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The InkPalm 5 e-Reader packs a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 284ppi. The device weighs just 115 grams and is as thin as 6.9mm. It is very convenient to carry and can be easily fit your pocket.
It looks to run Android 8.1 with 1GB Rsm, 32Gb internal storage and a 1400mAh battery.

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Old 04-05-2021, 10:15 PM   #2
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It looks to run Android 8.1 with 1GB Rsm, 32Gb internal storage and a 1400mAh battery.

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Too small for me, but I hope English review come out. It looks neat.

32GB storage is pretty impressive for a reader.
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Old 04-06-2021, 08:03 AM   #3
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I want one! Great size to have it with me all the time and hopefully easy to hold. The warm light temperature is a huge plus.
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Old 04-06-2021, 08:11 AM   #4
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Sounds good and having one of these with optionally a 7" to 8" eink is better than a 6" Kindle Basic which has terrible resolution for 6", it has the number of dots more suitable for a 4" eReader.

I'm tempted and regular readers should know how sceptical I am of new products.
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Old 04-06-2021, 08:19 AM   #5
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The specs on this should make Kindle & Kobo ashamed - it CAN be done. If they ever release a 7-inch version on Alibaba, banggood etc, I'd be in.
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Old 04-06-2021, 09:05 AM   #6
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I think I'd buy this as soon as somewhere with an English GUI and can ship to Ireland sells it accepting some sensible payment method. Even with the customs/VAT.

Especially if it can run our local County Library access which is Borrow Box.
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Old 04-06-2021, 09:07 AM   #7
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The specs on this should make Kindle & Kobo ashamed - it CAN be done. If they ever release a 7-inch version on Alibaba, banggood etc, I'd be in.
A 7" would be more expensive. The Kobo Libra is decent value. But the Kindle Basic without adverts (price) or with adverts (cheaper) is a terrible product for even 5 years ago.
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Old 04-06-2021, 09:20 AM   #8
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Especially if it can run our local County Library access which is Borrow Box.
If it's built around Adobe DRM I wouldn't hold my breath.
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Old 04-06-2021, 09:26 AM   #9
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Last week I was thinking how cool it would be if Kobo released a second iteration of the Mini - it was such a cool ereader, there's clearly a gap in the marketplace there. And lo and behold, here it is, with 1GB RAM, 32GB storage, frontlight, colour temperature control, the lot.

Except, it's Xiaomi, not Kobo.

I hope it's successful and makes it into the European market. I really want one.
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Old 04-06-2021, 09:58 AM   #10
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If it's built around Adobe DRM I wouldn't hold my breath.
Borrowbox does use Adobe DRM, and you need the stupid system if you use the website. But the Borrowbox Android App works without any Adobe registrations or Adobe apps or PC program. The Borrowbox Android App works on my ancient 7" tablet and my Boyue Likebook Mars 7.8" eink. The Google Framework is only needed at install time. Direct Apk downloads using the Mars Browser install OF on the Mars without enabling the Framework. It's only needed the Playstore and Playbooks (so far).
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Old 04-06-2021, 11:06 AM   #11
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It's Android - nothing prevents you from installing another app.
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If this will run in English I’ll buy it to replace my Hisense A5. Smaller, lighter and looks to be a better screen.
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A 7" would be more expensive. The Kobo Libra is decent value. But the Kindle Basic without adverts (price) or with adverts (cheaper) is a terrible product for even 5 years ago.
Oh, sure - I wouldn't expect a 7-inch at the same or similar price. I was thinking more of the specs - MR readers at least would pay for larger devices with similar specs, that huge market ought be first in the minds of Amazon and Rakuten.
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I saw it available on an ereader review site that I'd rather not name, for DOUBLE the price that is quoted in the headline. Given their reputation of borrowing content, writing click-bait titles, making wildly inaccurate predictions, and not such stellar shipping, I think I'll pass, especially at that price.

I'd love to have one though, as I'd really like a more portable reader, though would prefer a slightly more square aspect ratio. If I bought one I'd install KOReader (where I do 99% of my reading now) and the Amazon reader app (looks like it has Amazon's app pre-installed). One big concern would be availability of decent and well fitting cases. If another vendor starts selling it in the US, I'll probably grab one.

EDIT: And I just remembered the fact that Xiaomi has been accused of being a bit of a backdoor for a particular foreign government... so, there's that big red flag -- hmmm...

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