PocketBook Era 7-inch eReader has built-in speaker and text-to-speech support (now available for $199+)

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New The era of the paperback is an e-book reader with a 7-inch, 1264 x 1680 pixel E Ink Carta 1200 display, front light with adjustable color temperatures and a 1700 mAh (6.29 Wh) battery. It is a waterproof device with an IPX8 rating. And it has an increasingly rare feature in the eReader space: a built-in speaker.

This means you can use this eReader to listen to music or audiobooks without connecting headphones or an external speaker. And since PocketBook’s software supports text-to-speech, you can even listen to books that are not narrated by professionals (if you can live with robotic voices). First unveiled in Junethe PocketBook ERA is now available for purchase for $199 and up.

The starting price is for a model with 16GB of storage, but you can also pay $249 for a 64GB model if you plan to store a lot of eBooks or audiobooks on the device.

Prior to launch, the PocketBook Era appeared on the FCC website, which has documents including the user manual and internal photos that provide additional details about the eReader.

For example, we already knew that the device would have 1 GB of RAM, at least 16 GB of storage and a dual-core processor. Now we know who processor. It is an Allwinner B288 chip, which is an ARM Cortex-A7 processor designed for low-power E Ink devices.

While you don’t exactly need a super-fast chip in a device primarily designed for reading e-books, this processor does have some disappointing limitations. Wireless connectivity is limited to Bluetooth 4.0 and 2.4 GHz single-band 802.11b/g/n (WiFi 4), for example. And the PocketBook Era’s USB Type-C port only supports USB 2.0 speeds.

Although the processor and connectivity are a little disappointing, the Era has a few other great features including a G-sensor which enables auto-rotation of the screen, a cover sensor which should allow the device to fall asleep when you cover the screen, support for a wide variety of audio, image and eBook formats (including eBooks with Adobe DRM) and a choice of 16GB or 64GB of storage.

It also has a side-grip design with physical page-turning buttons on one side, much like Amazon’s Kindle Oasis.

The built-in 0.8 watt speaker probably won’t be amazing for listening to music, but it should let you listen to audiobooks without headphones. While not entirely a unique feature, it’s something Amazon hasn’t included in a Kindle eReader since the Kindle Touch was released in 2011. PocketBook says its text-to-speech software works with 26 supported languages. in charge.

The PocketBook Era also has a 3.5mm headphone jack that you can use for wired headphones or speakers, as well as support for Bluetooth audio devices.

Pocketbook’s latest eReder measures 155 x 134.3 x 7.7mm (6.1″ x 5.3″ x 0.3″) and weighs 228 grams (8 ounces).

This article was first published on June 16, 2022 and most recently updated on July 8, 2022.

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