The Likebook Mars has a 7.8″, 300 ppi Carta E-ink screen with frontlight and capacitive touchscreen. According to the description on Youtube, it runs Likebook OS on an octa-core Rockchip CPU with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.
[…] Likebook OS is based on Android 6.0.1.
Weighing in at 290 grams, the Likebook Mars has a 2.8Ah battery and measures a mere 9.3mm thin. It also has Wifi, BT, a microSD card slot, and a headphone jack.
This is the first eInk device since the Nook Simple Touch to grab my interest beyond a first impression (which I had with the Kobo Aura One). It can apparently be turned into a full-fledged Android tablet — given the eInk and RAM limitations, that is.
But what matters to me is the possibility of Google Books PDFs!
The stock reading app:
Opening a large PDF (with Adobe Acrobat — bah! — who uses that?):
Here are three tests of it running the Kindle Android app:
And some Gee-Whizzardry…
Typing with a Bluetooth keyboard:
Playing YouTube in the stock browser (not the most impressive clip to try!):
As for making this an Android tablet (so it can run the apps shown above), it depends. Here’s the Google Play Store being installed:
But, as usual, always read the YouTube Comments!
There is no enable Google framework option in “configure apps”. I noticed in the video you already had Google play services + app store installed before making the video.
maybe you need to double check with the seller where did you buy if the software version support Google play or not. If your software is chinese version, I think it will not support Google play… but my software is overseas version, so it is ok to install google play)
The word going around is that an update is coming that will permit, if not also include, the Google Play Store. In fact, the main AliExpress seller claims they will ship it with the Play Store already installed.
An overall review (from a site I don’t otherwise endorse but they have the only such video):
What appeals to me are the 7.8″ screen, 128GB microSD card expansion, and the dual-light. Plus, I would have fewer worries carrying this around than an iPad Mini. No one wants to steal something with a monochrome screen! An iPad Mini can stay at home, safe.