For some time now I have been talking about Onyx's 6" Android tablets with E-ink screens and their E-ink smartphones, but today I have something new to show you.
Yesterday Charbax caught up with Onyx and got the first look at their prototype 8" color E-ink ereader. Yes, Onyx is going to match Pocketbook and release a new ereader that uses the Triton 2 with a frontlight.
As you can see in the image at right, this is a very early prototype that is, I kid you not, held together by black tape. This thing doesn't even have a case yet; even the speakers are bolted to the development board.
Charbax also got to play around with several of the unreleased E-ink Android tablets. That's not exactly new, but he did uncover at least one detail that makes this video worth watching. Early in the video, he shows that the tablet has an awfully fast page turn.
Later in the video he plays a game of Angry Birds on an E-ink tablet. This screen was refreshing fast enough that I am pretty sure it was fast enough for video (30 frame per second). That is simply amazing, especially considering that this time last year you could only do video with a hacked ereader.
The Onyx rep also confirmed the screen resolution on the new E-ink smartphone. That device has a screen resolution of 800x480. That is a detail that E-ink wasn't ready to reveal yet when I spoke with them at SID Display Week in Vancouver. Oops.
Onyx is also working on a 9.7" ereader, and I have heard elsewhere that they are planning to release a 13.3" device that uses the new Mobius screen.