THE Xiaomi had not yet launched an e-book reader, so she went there and did just that: the Mi Reader it has a 6 inch screen, LED lighting and compatibility with ePub, TXT, DOC and others. In China, this competitor from Amazon Kindle costs the equivalent of R $ 345; their crowdfunding campaign started this Wednesday (20th).
The Mi Reader has a 6-inch e-ink touchscreen with HD resolution and a pixel density of 212 ppi. The display is anti-reflective and offers 24 levels of built-in LED lighting. It has a white front that matches the screen, and a black back with a sticky texture for easier holding.
Inside, we find the 1.8 GHz quad-core Allwinner B300 processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, enough to store around 5,000 e-books.
It runs a modified version of the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system and has a 1,800 mAh battery, which promises to last for several weeks and is recharged via a USB-C port. They are 159.2 x 116 x 8.3 mm and 178 g.
This e-reader is compatible with several formats, such as TXT, EPUB, PDF, DOC, XLS and PPT; and you can sync files with your phone to continue reading in a dedicated app.
The Xiaomi Mi Reader entered a crowdfunding project in the Chinese market costing 579 yuan (about R $ 345). When the collection target is reached, the price will rise to 599 yuan (R $ 360). The company does not mention whether this gadget will be launched in other countries; it will be delivered to customers from December 18th.
Amazon Kindle sells in China from R $ 390
The Amazon Kindle costs 658 yuan (about R $ 390) in China; Paperwhite costs 998 yuan (R $ 600); and Oasis, for 2,399 yuan (R $ 1,400). The sale is not made by Amazon, but by partners JD and Tmall (from Alibaba).
Is that, in April 2019, Chinese Amazon stopped offering local products. It went on to market items imported from its US, UK, Germany and Japan websites; and outsourced the sale of the Kindle. The company continues, however, to operate directly in the e-book sector, including with the Kindle Unlimited subscription.
In China, e-books have taken over the publishing market, to the point that some authors are published only in digital edition. Since July, the Chinese Amazon stopped selling physical books; it competes with e-book stores from the giants Alibaba, JD and Tencent.