Onyx has launched its first ereader with the latest generation hi-res Carta E-ink, and it’s going to be a pricy one.
The Onyx Boox Darwin 2 is an upgrade to the existing Darwin C67ML ereader, and in addition to the better screen it also has a higher price tag of 12,990 rubles (about $197 USD).
The Darwin 2 runs Android 4.2 on a dual-core 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM, and Wifi. It has 8GB internal storage and a microSD card slot (32GB cards supported). The 6″ screen has a resolution of 1,440 x 1,080, as well as a frontlight and a capacitive touchscreen.
Weighing in at 160 grams, the Darwin 2 measures 8.7 mm thick and packs in a 1.7Ah battery. There’s no mention of audio support.
In terms of software, it has Google Play, and all that implies, and it also ships with support for Epub, PDF, FB2, Mobi, PDB, and DJVU ebook formats as well as marginal support for Doc, RTF, HTML, CHM, and TXT.
In short, the Darwin 2 is essentially the same ereader as the original Darwin, only with a screen that adds about $40 to the price tag. Given that both Amazon and Kobo have priced their equivalent ereaders, the Glo HD and the Paperwhite (2015), much cheaper, you have to wonder just how much they’re losing on each unit sold.