Bigme Galy is an 8 inch color tablet with E INK Gallery 3
Bigme has just announced a brand new 8-inch color electronic note that uses E INK Gallery 3 color electronic paper technology. It will be able to display over 50,000 different colors and the drawing experience will be unparalleled. It will be able to read and edit color PDF files, in addition to comic books and magazines. The hardware specs are out of this world and it will feature dual cameras with OCR technology. This will be the first commercially viable Gallery 3 product. This is hugely exciting, not just for Bigme, but if they can prove that Gallery 3 is ready for prime time, other companies will follow. It will cost $699 and is expected to be released in January 2023. You can pre-order it from the Good e-Reader Store.
The Bigme Galy has an 8-inch 3-color e-Paper Gallery screen. It will have a color resolution of 300 PPI, which is achieved through a four-particle ink system: cyan, magenta, yellow and white, which allows for a full color gamut at every pixel. There is a front display and a color temperature system, this will allow you to read in the dark with white and amber LED lights and there are 36 lights in total. The overall build quality is the same as the Good e-Reader X Bigme InkNote Color. It is very slim and the tablet is made with a combination of aluminum alloy and glass back panel to achieve a slim profile and luxurious texture.
Under the hood is an octa-core A53 2.3 GHz processor, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. If this mind-boggling storage isn’t right for your needs, it has an SD slot capable of handling an additional 128GB of storage. It has WIFI to connect to the Internet, browse the web or install and use Android applications. Bluetooth 5.1 will allow you to pair headphones or wireless headphones to listen to audiobooks, music, podcasts and whatever your heart desires. If you don’t feel like using headphones, it has two stereo speakers. The USB-C port will allow you to charge Galy on your computer or on a wall outlet. There is an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. You can take advantage of the fingerprint sensor to unlock your device and set a password for added security. 4 noise-canceling microphones handle audio dictation, voice recognition or various voice communication applications. The battery is 4,000 mAh which should be good for a few weeks.
Having a WACOM screen is essential for the success of an electronic note. Regardless of the quality of the stylus that comes with the device, users either want to use their own or buy another one like the X-Pen 3rd Gen or the Lamy Al-Star. Bigme pen has 4096 degree pressure sensitivity and voice control capability, the pen is ultra precise. Moreover, its function as a laser light presenter is ideal for meetings and presentations. It can charge the internal battery by attaching to the side. It can also connect via Bluetooth, so you can turn the pages of a PDF or ebook with the click of a button, no more swiping, tapping or gesturing on the touchscreen to do this. There’s both a page up button and a page up button, so it’s a super great pen for all your needs.
The main drawing application has many great features. You can select your writing tool, eraser, undo/redo, insert text, insert photos/clipart, choose one of 40 background designs, save or create another page. Only a few of the settings are really relevant for freehand drawing. One is the writing tools, you can choose between a pen and a pencil, each has a scroll bar to control line thickness and the other is the color palette. Write latency is very low when placing the stylus on the screen. Everything appears in less than 20 milliseconds. You can easily spend hours drawing in color. You can insert text, images, vector artwork or use the four microphones to turn speech into text and inject them directly into your notes. I don’t know many colors that Galy will be able to handle, suffice to say you should have either one color wheel or dozens of colors. However, this template supports in-text handwriting.
The only thing I like about the upcoming Galy is the support for global handwriting. You can write about anything and everything. You can write on manga, book, comic, magazine, newspaper or even play on home screen. Write as you go, it supports handwritten annotations everywhere. The 2-1 split screen view is also an underrated feature on electronic notes. You can have a PDF file on one side of the screen and note taking on the other. You can even have an app open in one and a book in the other, the possibilities are endless. Screen sharing via Miracast is also good, so you can easily share your screen with others.
The Bigme Galy runs Google Android 11 and comes with Google Play pre-installed. This will give users the ability to download and purchase millions of apps. This means you won’t have to worry about all the hassle of sideloading apps. There are four different speed modes that give you increased performance for enjoying audio, video, encoding, viewing high quality images, or just for super fast scrolling while browsing the web.
I think the Galy 3 is going to be a huge hit. Bigme has a solid name in the e-reader and e-note industry and has a good track record of development and execution. They plan to fund this product on Kickstarter, but you can pre-order it now from the Good e-Reader Store.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.