Xiaomi launches the Kindle killer in China: what does it offer?

Xiaomi launches the Kindle killer in China

Can a product capable of making it difficult for the Amazon Kindle be launched at this point? Xiaomi is convinced that it is. For this reason, this week they have announced the Xiaomi Duokan Electronic Paper Book Pro II , an e-reader focused on eating the toast of Amazon in the Chinese market . This new device offers great autonomy, compatibility with a good number of file formats and quite interesting hardware.

Does Xiaomi have the e-ink reader that can kill the Kindle?

Xiaomi Duokan Electronic Paper Book Pro II

For many years, many manufacturers have launched their e-ink readers with the aim of taking market position from Amazon. Will this new Xiaomi device be up to the task? Let’s see its specifications.


Xiaomi has already prepared its bet to fight against the Kindle Paperwhite . This is the new Duokan Electronic Paper Book Pro II, an electronic ink reader that seeks to provide superior features to those already found in the Amazon device. Specifically, this new device has a 7.8-inch electronic ink screen , one more than the Paperwhite. The panel has a density of 300 dots per inch and also has an adjustable backlight, although it is normal to use its warm light. Regarding the resolution, this new reader will be able to offer a very clear reading, since its surface goes to 1872 by 1404 pixels . Regarding the contrast, Xiaomi ensures that it can be adjusted in a total of 24 different levels . When interacting through the device’s menus or turning the page, we will do it through its touch screen.

Processor, storage and autonomy

Entering the hardware field, the Xiaomi Duokan Electronic Paper Book Pro II has a quad- core RK3566 chipset. It is accompanied by 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage . According to Xiaomi, the response speed of the system has increased by 109% in the new electronic ink reader compared to the previous generation. The device incorporates a 3,200 mAh battery that is said to offer a range of up to 6 weeks of standby .

Connectivity and supported files

Xiaomi Duokan Electronic Paper Book Pro II

Xiaomi’s idea at first is to launch the product only in China and thus measure its sales. It is for this reason that they have incorporated a voice search engine that works with the Baidu network. Regarding connectivity, the Xiaomi Duokan Electronic Paper Book Pro II has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth . These two methods will be valid to pass content to the reader. It also has a USB type C connector, which will serve both to recharge the battery and to transfer books and documents to the device. Among the supported documents, this model will be able to reproduce PDF, EPUB, TXT files, Excel sheets, PowerPoint presentations and other documents as well.

Price and availability

As we said, the Xiaomi Duokan Electronic Paper Book Pro II is going to be available only in China at the moment. Its price will be about 1,299 yuan, which would be equivalent to about 183 euros to change. However, the company has decided to sell it at a discount during its first weeks, so many users have already been able to reserve their model for approximately 168 euros.