Hands-On with the Onyx Boox Kepler Pro Android eReader (videos)

First unveiled in late April, the Boox Kepler Pro is Onyx's answer to the Kindle Paperwhite.

It features a flush-mounted 300 ppi screen  similar to the Kindle Oasis and Kindle Voyage, page turn buttons positioned along its edges, and runs Android 4.0 on a 1GHz CPU with 1GB RAM.


Up until the past week or so details were scarce, but now I have no other than three videos to share with you. A Thai ebook retailer by the name of Hytexts has posted a hands-on video of the Kepler Pro, and Onyx also showed off the ereader at Computex 2016. Lesen.net spent time with the Kepler Pro and posted a video.

First up is Hytext:

Hytexts also confirmed the specs of the Kepler Pro on its product page. This ereader has Wifi, Bluetooth, those funky page turn buttons, 15GB of storage plus a micro SD card slot, and a 3Ah battery.

This retailer has the Kepler Pro up for pre-order for 7,990 THB, or about $224 USD.

Next is the video posted by Onyx's Russian subsidiary, which I unforgettably cannot embed and must share as a link.

And finally, there's the video posted by Lesen.net. This video, or rather the accompanying blog post, is perhaps the most useful because it tells us that Onyx plans to update the firmware to run Android 4.4.

Why not Android 5.0, you ask? I don't know, but I had the same question.



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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."

3 Comments on Hands-On with the Onyx Boox Kepler Pro Android eReader (videos)

  1. That is nice there will be another competitor to the Paperwhite.

    Assuming the existing firmware is using Android 4.3, there are only a few changes necessary to get it to run on Android 4.4. Android 5.0 introduced many changes, so that would have more development time.

  2. I strongly believe that current framework is 4.0.4, just like in all the other Onyx Android devices.

  3. Watching the video, I think the screen is too bright at minimum led level.
    Don’t you think?

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