Onyx Boox T68+ Android eReader Launched in Russia as the Cleopatra 2

cleopatra 2 onyx booxOriginally released last summer, the T68 sports a 6.8" E-ink screen with frontlight, touchscreen, and Android 4.0. It first shipped in Europe, and was later released in Russia as the T76 Cleopatra.

Now new models have shown up on the site of a Chinese retailer (as the T68+), and in Russia (as the Cleopatra 2). I was initially planning to report this as a single product launch, but unless the Chinese retailer got the specs wrong we are actually looking at two distinct models.

Both models run Android 4.0 on a 1GHz Freescale CPU with 1GB RAM (twice as much as the predecessor). In terms of storage, they have 8GB internal storage and a microSD card slot (32GB cards supported). Under the hood you'll find Wifi, Bluetooth, and a 1.7Ah battery.

Both models have a screen resolution of 1,440 x 1,080 (and a frontlight), but that is about where the similarities end.

The Cleopatra 2 has a capacitive touchscreen, while the T68+ lists an IR touchscreen. The Cleopatra 2 has a Carta E-ink screen, while the specs for the T68+ does not mention one. The Russian model is in many ways better, but on the plus side the T68+ does have a headphone jack and support for audio.

The T68+ can be ordered from Banggood in China for $178.  The retail price in Russia is 14,990 rubles ($231 USD), and includes a cover.

All in all, it's hard to say based on the specs whether the t68+ is actually better than its predecessor, but as you can see in the following hands on video the t68+ is faster and has a dimmer frontlight (this is a plus).

Thanks, Leonid, Sjeord!

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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