That ereader just showed up on a Chinese retail website. My competition discovered yesterday that Onyx has released the Boox I62A , and while this ereader lacks many of the features found on more expensive models it does offer a value which is unique.
The Onyx Boox I62A sports a 6″ Pearl E-ink display with a screen resolution of 800 x 600 (I didn’t know anyone was using them anymore, either). There’s no frontlight, but it does have an IR touchscreen.
It runs Android 2.3 on a 1GHz Rockchip CPU with 512MB RAM. In terms of storage, it has a microSD card slot and 4GB internal. The Boox I62A also has Wifi, a headphone jack, and yes it does support TTS. And weighing in at 238 grams, the Boox I62A measures a chunky 10.2mm thick.
You can find the I62A for just $89 from Banggood.com. That’s $10 more than the ad-subsidized price for the basic Kindle, and it’s also less than what I would pay for Onyx’s other new Android ereader, the Boox Classic (which lacks a touchscreen but has a Pearl HD E-ink screen).
And it even comes with a cover, which is a plus.
My competitor didn’t think much of the I62 A due to the old version of Android, but that doesn’t bother me so much as the low resolution screen. That cooled my interest in this ereader.
I may not be one to obsess over screen resolution but I would like a better screen here.
What do you think?