Inkplate 6

Versatile, easy-to-use, Wi-Fi-enabled e-paper display

Feb 23, 2022

Introducing the newest member of the Inkplate family: Inkplate 6COLOR

by David Z

Exciting news, the Inkplate family is getting a new member! The youngest of the four siblings is also the smallest, but brings to the table something its family members do not. Namely, color, seven of them, to be exact.

Hand holding an Inkplate 6COLOR

Inkplate 6COLOR is currently crowdfunding on Crowd Supply. It is the same easy-to-use e-paper board you’ve come to know and love with the Inkplate series. The 600x448 screen has seven colors in total, but with the built-in dithering, it renders even more realistic colors.

Inkplate 6COLOR displaying color bars

We observed the display’s refresh rate at around 11 seconds, as opposed to the 25 seconds specified in the manufacturer’s datasheet. It can run for months on just one battery, thanks to a low-power mode of just 18 μA (that’s lower than every other Inkplate!). Using it as simple as it gets, with the classic Arduino IDE, MicroPython, and ESP-IDF available for programming. Check more details on the active campaign page and compare it to the previous Inkplates:

Inkplate 6COLORInkplate 10Inkplate 6Inkplate 6PLUS
Screen size5.85"9.7"6"6"
Resolution600 x 4481200 x 825800 x 6001024 x 758
Total number of pixels268,800990,000480,000776,192
ColorsYes, seven colors totalNoNoNo
Touch pads333No, touchscreen
All-in-one boardYesYesYesYes
Low-Power mode18 μA22 μA25 μA22 μA
Wi-FiYesYesYesYes
Battery chargerYesYesYesYes
MicroSD slotYesYesYesYes
GreyscaleNoYesYesYes
Partial updateNoYesYesYes
Refresh time in seconds25 s / 11 s1.61 s1.26 s1.27 s
Refresh time per pixel93 μs / 41 μs1.62 μs2.63 μs1.63 μs

Like its predecessors, Inkplate 6COLOR is available without an enclosure for $99 or with a custom 3D printed enclosure for $119. We have most of the parts ready for assembly, and more are on their way.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. Thank you for your support!


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