E-Ink touchscreen and IPS panel collide in dual-screen laptop — $199 Bluegen OKPad all-in-one launches on Kickstarter

Bluegen's dual-screen OKPad tablet in use from its Kickstarter trailer.
Bluegen's dual-screen OKPad tablet in use from its Kickstarter trailer. (Image credit: Bluegen)

Bluegen has launched a dual-screen OKPad tablet on Kickstarter, joining the dual-screen PC party at a much lower price point — and with a unique caveat that the lower screen is an E-Ink display rather than a duplicate of the top screen, which is usually an IPS panel. The unit starts at $199 through Kickstarter's Super Early Bird pricing, but the final price is telegraphed to double up to a $399 MSRP.

The unique combination of dual-screen panel types is also supplemented by a 360-degree hinge form factor that allows for tablet, tent, and stand modes adjusted precisely to your surface of choice. And of course, you can also choose to use a single screen at a time and turn off the other entirely.

The Kickstarter campaign quickly reached 321 backers and hit full funding at $84,011 of the $5,054 goal at the time of writing, so the Bluegen OKPad is already funded and should be guaranteed for a release in the coming months. Technically, it met its funding goal within two hours of the original campaign launch, but of course, the funding available to Bluegen now exceeds that number significantly and, on paper, should allow for lots of happy preorder-ers.

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OKPad Dual-Screen Tablet Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 10
  • Battery: 7,000mAH
  • CPU: Snapdragon Kyro 250, with 4x each Perf and Efficiency cores based on Cortex-A73 and Cortex-A53, respectively. All cores go up to 1.8 GHz.
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB onboard storage (likely eMMC)
  • Top Screen: 8.8-inch IPS at a resolution of 800 x 1,280 pixels
  • Bottom Screen: 7.8-inch E-Ink at a resolution of 1,404 x 1,872 pixels
  • Stylus: 4,096 pressure levels
  • I/O: 1x USB Type-C Port, 1x 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Wireless Technologies: Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac max), Bluetooth 4.2

Bluegen's OKPad does have a few caveats, like not running Windows or being particularly powerful compared to modern mid-range or high-end laptops, but it's not meant to compete with those devices. 

Compared to the range of most other Android tablets, the OKPad looks a lot more interesting and useful, and should still be price-competitive with those units when the Early Bird pricing wears off. With its current $199 Early Bird pricing, though, it's genuinely a great value for anyone who appreciates E-Ink displays or just wants a super portable tablet experience adjustable to nearly any given sitting or laying position.

It is a little unfortunate that the device is still using Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 instead of newer Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5, respectively, but this is probably a cost-cutting measure that helps keep it affordable. We'd also like to have more RAM, a newer Android release, and an estimate of decent battery life. However, the real selling point here is the form factor, not the internals.

At the time of writing, there aren't many OKPads left at the Super-Early Bird price of $199. The next tier up is still reasonable at $249 though, if you accept the inherent risks of crowdfunding campaigns.

Christopher Harper
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Christopher Harper has been a successful freelance tech writer specializing in PC hardware and gaming since 2015, and ghostwrote for various B2B clients in High School before that. Outside of work, Christopher is best known to friends and rivals as an active competitive player in various eSports (particularly fighting games and arena shooters) and a purveyor of music ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Killer Mike to the Sonic Adventure 2 soundtrack.

  • Alvar "Miles" Udell
    Operating System: Android 10
    If that's right then it's going to be obsolete even before it's released, and NO tech site should be recommending anyone buy any product with a soon-to-be-5-year-out-of-date and out of support OS for $200, much less its retail price.

    Also, the project is based in China and the Kickstarter was in Hong Kong dollars, not USD, so adjusted it only asked for $5,000 USD.
  • thestryker
    Not to mention the SoC that was introduced 6 years ago.