Hands On With Netronix 13.3″ ($520) and 6.8″ ($135) E-ink Notepad

Charbax recently caught up with ereader maker Netronix at a trade show and got a first glimpse of their new large-screen ereader. (Later in the video we get to see a new 6.8" model which is reportedly in mass production. There was no mention of where you can buy one, however.)

Hands On With Netronix 13.3" ($520) and 6.8" ($135) E-ink Notepad e-Reading Hardware

Netronix has been showing off a 13.3" ereader for a couple years now. It's not even close to reaching the market, but thanks to the long wait the new demo unit is considerably more polished that what I saw at CES 2015.

Weighing in at under 400 grams, the new model is both lighter and thinner, but it still runs Android. It features a 13.3"E-ink display with a screen resolution of 1200 x 1600 and a stylus which utilizes passive digitzer technology.

As you can see in the video, it looks pretty cool, but I wouldn't get your hopes up that we might one day see it on the market. Someone would have to commit to buy 3,000 units first at a cost of around $1.5 million, and given the small size of the market that just isn't going to happen.

And that's a shame because from what I have seen, Netronix has better software than its competition.

There is a similar device with a 13.3" screen, the Onyx Boox Max, and the only reason that device made it to market is that Onyx is willing to sell it in smaller quantities. (You can buy the Max at eReader-Store.de.)

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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."

18 Comments on Hands On With Netronix 13.3″ ($520) and 6.8″ ($135) E-ink Notepad

  1. I don’t see this going anywhere. e-ink was exciting five years ago. Not so much now. I picked up a Tab A with S Pen for 249 that can do a whole lot more. Its not e-ink but I’m not writing on it long enough to feel my eyeballs are stressed. When they do something innovative again,(looking at you color screen not yet ready for market,) then maybe we can talk.

  2. >> As you can see in the video, it looks pretty cool, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up that we might one day see it on the market. Someone would have to commit to buy 3,000 units first at a cost of around $1.5 million, and given the small size of the market that just isn’t going to happen.

    Then why would they invest in the development?

  3. If you search indiegogo dot com for 13.3 inch e-reader you can buy this Netronix e-reader right now. Of course Netronix is accepting orders for less then 3000 units.
    Two dreamers had a heart/b*lls to order small quantity from Netronix and run a campaign. Kudos to them.

  4. Netronix is not a Chinese, but a Taiwanese company, here’s the website with more detailed info about the readers seen in the video: http://www.netronixinc.com/products.aspx?ID=1

    • That’s like saying someone isn’t British, they’re Scottish.

      The distinction isn’t terribly relevant or accurate.

      • There is a reason why Taiwan is included in the ISO 3166-1, but Scotland isn’t. There’s also a reason why Scotland doesn’t have a separate country code, but Taiwan does. So, sorry Nate, but that’s a very simplistic and therefore incorrect comparison.

        What’s not terribly relevant or accurate here is only your personal opinion, certainly not the distinction. Or are you saying that your opinion is more important than the self-identity of the people in question?

        I’d suggest you do a bit more of research into the matter. You could even contact Netronix and ask them if they’re a Taiwanese or a Chinese company. Or are you too affraid to challenge your own opinion? Well, then that closes the matter.

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