New Onyx Boox N96CML: Android 4.0, Capacitive Touch, Frontlight (video)

Onyx has just released an updated version of its Boox N96 ebook reader, a popular 9.7″ model.

The new model is the Boox N96CML, and is available from Chinese retailer Banggood for $360 and from for 360 euros. this is the third N96 model released in the past year, and here is what it looks like in comparison to the Kindle.

The Boox N96CML has a 9.7″ E-ink display with a screen resolution of 1200 x 825. It features both a Capacitive touchscreen and an electroMagnetic stylus as well as a frontLight (hence the C, M, and L in the model name).

It runs Android 4.0 on a 1GHz CPU with 1GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. In terms of connectivity, it has Wifi and Bluetooth. And that’s not all; it also has a speaker, headphone jack, and a microphone.

It doesn’t come with Google Play, but you can install apps. Between that, and the hardware specs, this could be a great E-ink tablet – if it had a better CPU (and ran Android 5.0).

But as it is, the Boox N96CML is limited by the weak CPU and old OS. Onyx can keep slapping on the hardware upgrades but until they do something about the CPU they are basically putting lipstick on a pig.


Nate Hoffelder

View posts by Nate Hoffelder
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. fabrizio venerandi24 February, 2017

    “It doesn’t come with Google Play”
    Are you sure? I see it in the video.

    1. Nate Hoffelder24 February, 2017

      I didn’t see a mention of Google Play in the product listing – but I did see that it had both a stylus and a capacitive touchscreen.

      Edit: No. I was wrong and you were right.

      1. Fabrizio Venerandi24 February, 2017

        Thank you for the answer. To be honest, it seems strange to me that this firmware does not handle the Play Store as my M96. I think they didn’t write in product listing, but it has to be installed.

  2. Fabrizio Venerandi24 February, 2017

    …and I think the CML version has not the stylus, only hand.

  3. user24 February, 2017

    I see a LOT of frustration between hard finger presses trying to register the click and waiting for the device to response and come all the action.
    It’s time to say goodbye to M/N/96/97 tech.

    1. Fabrizio Venerandi24 February, 2017

      It is really slow in video. More slow than my M96… maybe in the video he is accessing a SD external memory?

  4. Ed25 February, 2017

    I’ve been waiting for a large format (8-10 inch), high ppi (250 ppi+), Android 5.0+ reader for the last 2 years…and one with an EM stylus (for annotations and marginalia). The hardware just hasn’t appeared yet, as far as I can tell.

    The M96 / N96 in its various flavors are steps in the right direction (in size and stylus), as is the i86 (in screen resolution). But all have critical hardware failings which provide compelling reasons NOT to waste my money.

    However, I continue to scan this and other internet sites with hope, ready to plunk down credit as soon as an appropriate model appears

  5. Robin28 February, 2017

    So~o tempting but hard to justify me paying that much just for my ebooks, manga, and maybe pdfs? Sadly it also seems really, really slow!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to top