Xiaomi’s eBook Reader May Make Its Way To Global Markets
When it comes to e-book readers, there’s barely any competition in the market. The global market can be considered a duopoly with Amazon’s Kindle and Rakuten’s Kobo being the two primary players. But a new report now suggests that Xiaomi might be looking forward to launching its e-readers in global markets.
Spotted first by Notebook Check, a device called the Xiaomi Ebook Reader has been certified by Bluetooth SIG which suggests that Xiaomi might be bringing its e-reader to more markets.
For the uninitiated, Xiaomi already has a couple of eReaders – the iReader T6 and the MiReader – which were launched in China last year. Although, these eReaders only supported the Chinese script which limited their scope of being picked up by international buyers.
While there’s no information on whether the Mi Ebook Reader, which just received the Bluetooth certification, is a new product it’ll definitely be an interesting product if it does turn out to be a re-branded version the MiReader that was launched in China in 2019.
The MiReader is a CNY 599 (~INR 6,200) eBook reader that was launched in November last year. It features a 6-inch e-ink touchscreen with a pixel density of 212 that’s higher than the comparably-priced entry-level Kindle that has a density of 167. The display is also front-lit and its hue can be adjusted to filter out blue light.
The eReader is based on a skinned version of Android 8.1 and has support for multiple file formats such as PDF, EPUD, TXT, PPT, DOC, and XLS. And yes! There’s 16GB of internal storage which might sound puny at first but is a LOT of storage to just store eBooks. The entry-level Kindle comes with 8GB of storage which is still enough to store thousands of eBooks.
Interestingly, the MiReader also has a USB Type-C port which is something that the Kindle devices still can’t boast of. Other features include a sizeable 1,800mAh battery, a quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, Bluetooth 5.1, and a weight of 178 grams.
Given its feature-set, the Xiaomi MiReader will definitely make for an interesting device in a market that hasn’t seen a lot of competition. But the hardware only tells half the story here. The software and the user experience are equally important aspects that Xiaomi will need to work on if it wants to compete with Kindle & Kobo devices.
Amazon, for instance, has developed a suite of features that play an integral role in the Kindle experience. The Kindle Store and the X-Ray feature are just two such examples of how Amazon has managed to improve the eBook reading experience over the years.