As always, E Ink Holdings had an impressive booth at SID Dispalyweek, the premier display industry event, here's a nice video the company released showing the many displays that were demonstrated at the trade show:
Amazon's 2019 edition (3rd-Gen) of its flagship e-reader, the Kindle Oasis adds an adjustable front-light light temperature (or warmth as Amazon calls it). The Oasis offers a 7" 300 PPI E Ink display, 8/32 GB of storage, 12 LEDs front light and comes in either Graphite or Champagne Gold colors.
The Kindle Oasis 2019 (3rd-Gen) will ship on July 24 starting at $249.99 (8GB, with special offers).
E Ink Holdings is positive about the company's sales and earnings in 2019, and expects to return to profitability in Q2 2019 following a $3.4 million operational loss in Q1 2019. In the second quarter EIH saw increased shipments of e-paper displays for electronic shelf label (ESL),e-readers and e-notebooks.
In 2019 EIH managed to sign up more than 20 new customers in the education sector and is expecting to increase its e-reader and e-notebook sales to expand in H2 2019 and 2020 as well.
E Ink Holdings announced a strategic investment in Plastic Logic HK, a newly formed fabless flexible e-paper display developer and producer based on Plastic Logic's own OTFT driver technology.
Plastic Logic, originally spun out of Cambridge University, has years of experience with e-paper and OTFT technologies, and is currently owned by Russia's RusNano fund. Plastic Logic HK will work closely with E Ink and utilize EIH's supply chain and module facility to improve the cost structure of Plastic Logic's organic ePaper display modules.
Xiaomi's Ink Case Smart Electronic Paper is a large E Ink tablet devices that sports a large 10.3" 1404x1872 E Ink display and a Wacom stylus. The device is based on Android 8.1, optimized for electronic ink and has 32 GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.
The Ink Case SEP is now shipping in China for 2,499 Yuan (around $360).
E Ink Holdings says that it expects its electronics shelf label (ESL) display shipments in 2019 to grow 20-30% compared to 2018 - much lower than its previous estimates, due to the US-China trade war and a slowing macro economy.
E Ink Holdings is confident that its business will continue to be strong in 2019. Demand for e-readers will remain weak in H1 2019, which will result in a single-digit drop in total revenues.
Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight Plus is the company's 2019 e-reader that features a large 7.8" E Ink display, front lighting (B&N's glowlight tech) and has 8GB of memory and is water proof.
The NOOK GlowLight Plus will start shipping by the end of May 2019 for $199.99.