The Likebook Mars is now shipping for $239 (note: affiliate link to Amazon.com). This is a high-spec e-reader/tablet that features a 7.8" 1404x1872 (300 PPI) E Ink display, an octa-core RK3368 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, microSD and a modified Android OS.
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Color e-paper developer CLEARink announced that Lenovo has become an investor in CLEARink, and the two companies will jointly-develop next-generation tablet devices based on CLEARink's displays.
In 2018 CLEARink announced that it has signed a $10 million supply agreement with a leading tablet maker to start supplying tablet displays beginning in 2019. It is likely that this leading tablet maker is Lenovo, which has now became an investor in CLEARink as well.
Onyx's BOOX Nova Pro (a smaller edition of the BOOX Note Pro) is an e-reader/tablet device that sports a 7.8" 1872x1404 Mobius Carta E Ink display, Wacom stylus, a 1.6 Ghz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and Android 6.
The BOOX Nova Pro will ship in early 2019, and will be sold via the Onyx Boox Amazon store.
Onyx's BOOX Note Pro is a large e-reader that sports a 10.3" 1872x1404 Mobius (flexible) Carta E Ink display, Wacom stylus, a 1.6 Ghz quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and Android 6. The BOOX Note Pro can be considered to be a cross between a tablet and an e-reader.
Google has unveiled a simple new 3D-printed Google Assistant device called Google Assistant Connect. Using a small E Ink display, this is Google's idea of how a smart gadget can combine communication, display and its own assistant software and service.
This seems to be just an early prototype, and we don't know if Google aims to actually produce such devices in the future or suggest this has hardware reference designs to third party developers.
France-based LDLC's Nemeio is a smart keyboard in which each key is a small E Ink display. All the keys are customizable with the bundled application, and the keyboard can change according to the running application or website.
LDLC's plan is to ship the Nemeio in the "summer of 2019" for $300-$500.
Idemia developed a new credit card that has changing CVV codes, that can help reduce online credit card fraud. To enable the dynamic code, the credit cards use a small E Ink display that shows a new code every refresh cycle in an efficient process (a one-hour refresh rate has a four-year lifetime).
US-based PNC Bank is now running a pilot project to test the new cards, which will run for 90 days. Upon the successful end of the trial, Idemia hopes to start offering the new credit cards to customers in early 2019. It is estimated that a "Motion-Code" credit card with the E Ink display will cost about $15 (compared to $2-4 for a regular chip-based card).