The Onyx Boox Max has been one of the more highly anticipated ereaders ever since Onyx released the first prototype photos three months ago, and now it looks like this leviathan is finally going to ship.
According to a report over at MobileRead, Onyx is now telling customers that:
Thanks for your email and support of ONYX BOOX, we will release 13.3″ on March, the main spec is Freescale i.mx6 CPU + 13.3″ flexible eink screen + electromagnetic touch & big stylus pen + 4100mah battery + Andriod OS4.0.
I am still waiting for confirmation from Onyx, but I can add that the company has listed the Onyx Boox Max on Alibaba with a request for volume orders of 2,000 or more.
So clearly the Max is about ready to ship, but I wouldn’t assume that it will be available until after someone places that order. Onyx has even posted teaser photos on Weibo:
According to Onyx’s spec list, the Max will run Android 4.0 on a 1GHz CPU with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage (with a microSD card slot). This device will come colse to being an Android tablet with two speakers, a microphone, headphone jack, Bluetooth, and Wifi.
The 13.3 Pearl E-ink screen will be flexible, and have a screen resolution of either 1600 x 1200 or 2200 x 1650. There’s no mention of a frontlight in the spec list, but it does say that the touchscreen will be a digitizer with stylus.
In comparison, the Sony Digital Paper DPT-S1 has dual touchscreen tech (capacitive and digitizer with stylus), and a screen resolution of 1600 x 1200.
So in some ways (OS, screen resolution, capabilities) the Max will be an improvement over Sony’s product, but it won’t have as good of a touchscreen as Sony’s $800 PDF reader.
We don’t know the retail price on the Max, or whether Onyx’s retail partners will even carry it, so this comparison could end up being moot.