Onyx Boox Bering 3 Android eReader – $99

Onyx mainly comes to the attention of the west when they unveil high-end ereaders like the Kepler Pro or the Max, but in Russia they are also experimenting with budget models for the low end of the market.

Take, for example, the Bering 3. This ereader runs Android 4.2 on a fast CPU, but lacks a touchscreen.

Onyx Boox Bering 3 Android eReader - $99 e-Reading Hardware

The Bering 3 is an updated version of the Bering ereader. It has a 6" Pearl E-ink display with a frontlight, page turn buttons, d-pad, but no touchscreen. It runs Android 4.2 on a dual-core 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM and 8GB of storage.

Inside the shell you'll also find a microSD card slot, Wifi, a 3Ah battery, but no audio or Bluetooth. Weighing in at 182 grams, the bering 3 measures 8.7mm thin.

It is available today in Russia with a retail price of 6490 rubles, or $99 USD.

All in all, this isn't much of an ereader, not at that price. Sure, the Russian market does trend towards higher prices than the US market, but between the Pearl screen and lack of specs,the Bering 3 still doesn't do enough to justify its price tag.

Furthermore, what is the point of putting Android in an ereader if you leave out a touchscreen?

onyx-boox.ru via 4pda.ru

About Nate Hoffelder (10071 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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