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Kyobo eReader: A step in the right direction?

The Kyobo eReader is a 5.7" eReader coming from the people at Kyobo and Qualcomm. Read on to find out our views on the latest eReader to soon hit the market.

What do you get when you mix Korea’s largest bookstore with the technology wiz’s at Qualcomm? Well, you get the Kyobo eReader. We’ve seen a plethora of eReaders hit the market in the past year or so, and with the standards of the Kindle Fire and Nook Color setting the bar at a high standard, it takes something a bit special to be able to compete in this area of the market.

If you cast your mind a couple of years back, you may remember the hype about Mirasol display technology. Mirasol display technology improved the readability of devices in direct sunlight, a great feature, but one that didn’t seem to catch on in other devices. So it makes a welcome return to the Kyobo eReader. In other screen news, the Kyobo eReader boasts a 1024×768 display which should make Jane Austen look clear and crisp.

Qualcomm’s own 1GHz Snapdragon processor powers the device; which isn’t the best processor by a mile, but should be enough to cope with an eReader of this size. Kyobo have designed their own custom interface, which sits atop an Android 2.3 base, which still works just fine even though Android 4.0 is out.

The device is currently only available in Korea, with a price-tag equivalent to $310. We’re not too sure, if the Kyobo eReader will ever see our shores, but we expect Qualcomm will hopefully send a few batches over. The eReader isn’t a ground breaking device, but as far as eReaders go, it looks set to be a big hit… well in Korea anyway.