Onyx Boox i86ML Moby Dick 8″ Android eReader Launches in Russia

MacCentre, Onyx’s Russian retail partner, will soon be selling Onyx’s newest ereader, the i86ML Moby Dick.

The Moby Dick is a variant of the i86HDML Plus which launched earlier this year in Germany. Aside from the software, the devices are almost identical. The Moby Dick sports the same 8″ E-ink screen, frontlight, and touchscreen, and both models run Android on a 1GHz Freescale CPU.

ONYX BOOX i86ML Moby Dick

The Moby Dick also has Wifi, Bluetooth, and it comes with 8GB internal storage and a microSD card slot. It’s equipped to work with a smartcover, which will be sold separately.

In terms of software, the Moby Dick comes with Google Play and the usual basic Android apps as well as an ABBYY Russian-English dictionary.

It’s going to retail for 15,490 rubles (about $234), but there’s no word on when it will be released. Y0u can find the complete specs below. Do note the lack of audio; there was no mention in the press release.


  • 8” E-ink display
  • Screen Resolution: 1600 x 1200 (250 dpi)
  • Frontlight, IR touchscreen
  • CPU: 1GHz
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB internal, microSD card slot
  • Connectivity: Wifi, Bluetooth
  • Battery: 1.7Ah
  • Dimensions: 210 x 160 x 9mm
  • Weight: 340 grams


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  1. Feda20 August, 2015

    with all these android e-readers coming out lately, it would be great to have a site (or a section on an existing site like yours) focusing on android apps that are optimized for e-ink displays. I did a few searches for something like that but I had no luck in finding anything.

  2. anothername20 August, 2015

    There’s a lot, but some work on one device and not another. You just have to try them out. There is so much choice that generally one can find something that will do the job.

  3. Feda20 August, 2015

    Do you know of a centralized place that lists apps that are optimized for e-ink? Please post a link.
    I’m not talking about reading apps either, but all types of apps.

  4. Gunner21 August, 2015

    See this thread at mobileread.com for Android Apps that work well on eInk devices;


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