InkBOOK Focus : a dated Android e-reader

Author: Nicolas ᚚ

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After the presentation of the Inkbook Calypso Plus, it's time to take a closer look at the InkBook Focus. With its 7.8-inch screen and Android system, it's an alternative to the great Pocketbook InkPad 4.

InkBook is an asian brand. The InkBook Focus has a large 7.8-inch screen (e-ink with a resolution of 1872 x 1404 pixels - 300 dpi) and offers an attractive reading surface.

It can also read audiobooks. For the moment, it's hard to say what types of audiobooks are compatible, but it's a safe bet that it supports the MP3 format, since the e-reader uses an InkBook OS operating system based on Android 8.

The presence of an Android-derived system should also enable the installation of additional Android applications, presumably with direct loading of an APK file since Google Play doesn't appear to be available on the InkBook Focus e-reader.

We also note the presence of 16 GB of storage memory, which may seem a little light when the competition doesn't hesitate to offer 32 GB to load thousands of ebooks and hundreds of mangas.

When you consider the weight of an audiobook or manga file, I think that 16 GB is going to be a bit cramped.

Here are the technical specifications of the InkBook Focus e-reader:

  • 7.8-inch Carta screen, 1872 x 1404 pixels (300 dpi)
  • Touch screen
  • Blue light filter illumination
  • Quad-core ARM Cortex-A35 processor
  • 16 GB storage capacity
  • Dimensions: 192 x 140 x 9mm
  • Li-ION polymer battery, 2900 mAh
  • Supported formats: EPUB, PDF (reflow), ADE, MOBI, TXT, HTML, RTF, DOC.
  • USB-C (recharges in 5 hours)
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)

We also note a limited autonomy of one week of reading, whereas e-readers like the Pocketbook InkPad 4 (7.8") can last a month.

This point remains to be verified, but it seems logical given the use of the Android operating system, which is known to consume more energy than a custom-built system adapted to e-readers.

All in all, the InkBook Focus is not a great e-reader. With a dated Android 8 OS and a price of $229, there are better alternatives on the market, including color e-reader models.

To find out more, take a look at our guide to the best e-readers.

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