A second E-ink Android tablet shipped in Russia late last month. Like the Kepler tablet which shipped in June, the i63ML Maxwell was developed by Onyx. But unlike the Kepler (which had no touchscreen) the Maxwell is a true tablet.
It is also an important lesson about market dynamics, though it might not be obvious at first glance.
The i63ML Maxwell is available now with a retail of 6990 rubles (~ $211 USD). It’s based around a 6″ HD E-ink screen, and it has an IR touchscreen, frontlight, and Wifi. It ships with 512RAM, 8GB Flash storage, a microSD card slot, 2 page turn buttons, and a joystick below the screen. The Maxwell weighs in at 238g and is the size of a 6″ ereader.
Like previous Android devices from Onyx, the Maxwell is running Android 2.3 on a 1GHz CPU. But unlike earlier models the Maxwell is also going to ship with access to Google Play. Yes, the press release says that this tablet will be able to install apps and buy books from Google Play.
But I can add more detail. My source for this story was late in posting it, and they were beaten to the story by at least one reviewer who posted his opinion, a gallery of photos, and a video. The reviewer was working from a pre-production sample, so the review may not accurately reflect what the retail model can do.
But who cares, he confirmed that the Maxwell can play Angry Birds:
But the reviewer also mentioned that the Maxwell can’t do much more than that. A lot of the apps that were tried on the Maxwell failed.
I’ve embedded a gallery of a few of those photos at the end of the post. They confirm what the review and the press release say; this tablet runs an open form of Android. The review also mentions that this tablet has Google Play.
All this info is in Russian, of course, but Google Translate seems to have not garbled it up too badly. And if nothing else, the visuals are still useful:
This tablet is going to ship for 6990 rubles, or about $211 or 159 euros.