PocketBook: results of the year, or What new and important happened in 2019

Welcome all! 2019 is about to end, and therefore today it is quite appropriate to talk about the results of the year. More precisely, not so much about the results, but about the most important events for PocketBook and its users that happened in the past year. I will tell you briefly, thesis and without unnecessary pathos. So what is worth remembering?

1. PocketBook Cloud – now in 13 models

In 2019, PocketBook has seriously expanded its list of devices with support for the PocketBook Cloud cloud service, which allows you to synchronize reading and book positions with smartphones. It first appeared in 2018 in the PocketBook 740.

It was originally planned that this service will be supported mainly by new readers (released after 740) and flagships of the previous generation – for example, PocketBook 631 and 631 Plus. However, as a result, a mountain of requests fell for the company to have PocketBook Cloud “implemented” in common old models. They listened to the requests and issued firmware, including for a number of very elderly devices. Here is the complete list of models with PocketBook Cloud today:

  • PocketBook 626 (2014)
  • PocketBook 840 InkPad (2014)
  • PocketBook 626 Plus (2015)
  • PocketBook 631 (2016)
  • PocketBook 840 InkPad 2 (2016)
  • PocketBook 631 Plus (2017)
  • PocketBook 641 Aqua 2 (2017)
  • PocketBook 627 (2018)
  • PocketBook 632 (2018)
  • PocketBook 740 (2018)
  • PocketBook 632 Aqua (2019)
  • PocketBook 740 Pro (2019)
  • PocketBook X (2019)

2. Comic book support added to PocketBook readers

In firmware version 5.20, support for the CBR and CBZ comic formats was added. So now on PocketBook models you can, for example, read the comics “The Fly”, another story about Spiderman or something from Frank Miller.

The list of models with comic support is about the same as in the case of PocketBook Cloud. Exceptions are PocketBook 632 and 632 Aqua models. They are "sitting" on firmware 5.19 so far, but in the foreseeable future, an update from 5.20 will arrive in them too.

3. Audio capabilities returned to PocketBook readers

At the end of 2017, the PocketBook 631 Plus was released, which could play music, audio books and translate text into speech (Text-to-Speech function). Since then, until the fall of 2019, readers without audio support were delivered to Russia. And now, by the end of the year, there are two models with players and Text-to-Speech in the line – PocketBook 740 Pro and PocketBook X. Moreover, in comparison with previous models, the functionality has expanded: the option of connecting wireless headphones and speakers has been added.

In addition, PocketBook X and PocketBook 740 Pro initially support not only MP3, but also OGG in the arms with the M4B. However, in the PocketBook 631, 631 Plus, 840 InkPad and 840 InkPad 2 models, support for these formats was added using the firmware update.

4. PocketBook has even more water-resistant models

As a matter of fact, at the beginning of 2019 there was only one protected model – PocketBook 641 Aqua 2. This is a sealed device in which protection is implemented by the method of tuning. Or, in other words, by maximally carefully fitting all the elements of the case (some details are here).

The disadvantages of tuning are some ergonomics deterioration: for example, the keys had to be covered with a single piece of plastic, which made them (keys) less responsive. Plus, the case thickness of the PocketBook 641 Aqua 2 is slightly larger than that of the same PocketBook 626 Plus model, which formed the basis of the “off-road” reader.

In general, in 2019 it was decided to take a step to the side and make a couple of protected readers without full sealing. "Vnutryanka" in them is treated with special compounds that do not allow water to the electronics. As a result, these models – PocketBook 632 Aqua and PocketBook 740 Pro – are not afraid of water. But just that water. It’s better not to drop them into porridge or soup, as organics will flow inside and … You have to read in a gas mask.

Well, for fans of hardcore, the PocketBook 641 Aqua 2 remains. Despite its age, this is a very relevant 6-inch reader with PocketBook Cloud and the same comics.

5. Well, of course, in 2019, sales of a number of new models began

Some of the models I mentioned above, some are not.

So, in March 2019, a reader appeared PocketBook 632 Aqua (13 900 rubles). It's the same PocketBook 632 (12 900 rubles), but in a cheerful blue color and with protection against water. The top 6-inch reader with a dual-core processor, adjustable backlight color temperature, 16 GB of internal memory and so on. In general, the flagship.

In September, appeared on sale PocketBook 740 Pro. 7.8 inch format, water resistant, audio support. In general, also a flagship, but larger.

Back in September, sales of the model began PocketBook 627 Limited Edition. This is the golden version of the middle-class reader PocketBook 627 with a case in the kit. Apparently, the girls really like it. This becomes clear if you look at how many likes they put on a post about this model on the PocketBook instagram.

Well, at the end of the year, in December, a release took place PocketBook X – the most sophisticated reader in the history of the company. It has a 10.3-inch screen with a plastic backing, a body made of magnesium-aluminum alloy, support for audio …

Well, I note that tables, graphs, comics, newspapers, notes and other documents with an abundance of small text, illustrations and complex layout look great on such a screen.

So it turned out to be 2019. I told about the most important thing, I did not mention trifles. If you have any questions, welcome to comment.

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