Onyx Boox Amundsen Launches in Russia – Android 4.2, Carta E-ink Screen

ONYX BOOX AmundsenThe 13" Onyx Boox Max may be getting all the attention this month but it's not Onyx's only new ereader.

On Wednesday Onyx announced the Amundsen ereader for the Russian market. This device runs Android 4.2 on a dual-core 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM, and it retails for 7490 rubles (about $106).

It carries a 6" Carta E-ink screen (1024 x 758) with without frontlight or touchscreen, and under that screen you'll find 8GB internal storage (plus a microSD card slot) and Wifi. The 1.7Ah battery boasts a promised month of battery life.

You can navigate the menus via the button below the screen, and it also has page turn buttons.

In terms of software, the Amundsen supports a broad range of ebook and office formats. There's no video or audio support, of course, but on the plus side it runs Android so you will be able to install Android apps and add more features.

Edit: At first glance this wasn't that remarkable of an ereader, but that changed once a reader pointed out the _lack_ of a frontlight or touchscreen. That makes this ereader much less appealing; for example, there's really no point in installing apps if thee's no touchscreen.

Onyx-Boox.ru via The-eBook.org

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4 Comments on Onyx Boox Amundsen Launches in Russia – Android 4.2, Carta E-ink Screen

  1. According to onyx-boox.ru, it has neither frontlight nor touchscreen.

  2. Re your “Edit”: according to onyx-boox.ru’s product comparison, 3 of O-B’s current 6″ readers lack touchscreen, and those 3 also lack WiFi. It would seem that O-B is aggressively hitting the low end of the 6″ market. It’s recent top end 6″ models (Darwin/C67ML Carta, Darwin 2/C67ML Carta 2) have been merely tardy refits of its existing (C67ML) chassis to newer screen technologies. Which is why I’ll likely be going with Boyue for my next reader.

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