If you thought Kobo was the only one with a 6.8″ ebook reader then you’re in for a shock. Charbax caught up with Onyx a few weeks ago at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair and got us our second look at the Onyx Boox T68.
This device, which I first reported on last October, runs Android 4.0 on a 1GHz Freescale CPU. It’s been under development for nearly a year now, and according to one of my sources it is just about ready to enter mass production (this confirms what is said in the video).
The T68 is in many ways an Android tablet, and with a weight of around 250 grams it has the mass of one as well. It comes with a frontlight and touchscreen, and under the hood it packs in 512MB RAM, 4GB Flash storage, a microSD card slot, a headphone jack, Wifi, and Bluetooth.
Best of all. the Boox T68 is equipped with a 6.8″ Pearl E-ink screen – the same screen as on the Kobo Aura HD.This screen has a resolution of 1440 x 1080, and it also features E-ink’s latest partial and full screen refresh tech.
The video is rather short, but at least it does tell us that the T68 should enter mass production in June.
Later in the video Charbax gets his hands on the M96. This is Onyx’s newest 9.7″ device, and it too runs Android 4.0 on a 1GHz CPU. And like the T68, it will ship with Google Play and access to all the apps sold there.
There is no guarantee that the apps will work on either device, but just the possibility that they could work adds a lot of value to what would otherwise be a very expensive ebook reader.