Boyue T80 – Android 4.2, 8″ E-ink Screen, $197

Chinese ereader maker Boyue (aka Boeye) has been teasing the 10.3" T103 as its next ereader, but in the meantime it has quietly released a rather unimpressive 8" ereader.

The Boyue T80 runs Android on a dual-core CPU, and can be bought today from Banggood.

Boyue T80 - Android 4.2, 8" E-ink Screen, $197 e-Reading Hardware

Like other Boyue ereaders, the T80 runs Android 4.2 and natively supports Epub, PDF, and a number of other formats.

The Boyue T80 has a dual-core 1Ghz CPU with 512MB RAM. It has 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, Wifi, and a headphone jack. Weighing in at 278 grams, it measures 8.4mm thin and has a 2.8Ah battery.

That's not a bad spec sheet so far, but then we get to the screen.

The t80 has a relatively low resolution 8" screen with frontlight and touchscreen.  The screen resolution is 1024 x 768, or about 160 ppi.

The screen on the T80 is about half as sharp as the latest E-ink screen tech, and yet this ereader costs only $30 less than the Kobo Aura One, which has a 7.8" 300ppi screen.

I do not know why Boyue even bothered. Yes, there's a market for 8" ereaders, but it makes little sense to release an ereader that is so obviously inferior.

Edit: It's been so long that I forgot, but someone at Mobileread noticed the T80 is the same hardware as the Icarus Illumina XL and the Inkbook 8. o it's less that Boyue released a disappointing ereader than that they recycled a two-year-old design.

Don't buy the Boyue T80. If you need a device with a similar screen size, buy the Aura One.

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11 Comments

  1. Frank23 May, 2017

    While this e-reader is not a good product for the NA and European markets, I think it is good a Chinese company is continuing to produce new e-readers so it builds expertise that may lead to a decent product.

    Reply
  2. John Smith23 May, 2017

    In my experience, this screen size is pointless. Even Kobo Aura One with KOReader, probably the best software support you can get, just feels a little too small. If you’re going to read PDFs on eInk, definitely get a 10″ or even 13″ device. If you’re going to read ePubs and such, get a 6-6.8″ device.

    This screen size tier is redundant.

    Reply
  3. Lemondrop23 May, 2017

    $200 8″ with Android, and you say it’s “a rather unimpressive”? WTF?

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder23 May, 2017

      Because the screen resolution stinks.

      Reply
      1. Lemondrop24 May, 2017

        ‘Cos you really need super high res to display, ur, ascii.

        Reply
  4. Hrafn23 May, 2017

    My big question now with any new Boyue product is ‘will the manufacturer-firmware support English?’ With the T62 the only English support was (somewhat buggy) third-party firmware provided by some retailers.

    Reply
    1. Hrafn23 May, 2017

      Err — that should have read T63

      Reply
  5. Jim24 May, 2017

    Hey Nate,
    Let know what you think of the Boyue T62 Mega eReader with 300 PPI Carta and Android for $120 when it is available.

    Reply
  6. Martin Ly5 November, 2017

    Just after 2 months of normal usage, my T80 screen was somehow turn down. Part of the screen ( almost 1/2 of it ) do not change anymore. Other parts seem work.
    Don’t know how to fix it?
    Please advice how I can reset it or fix it?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder6 November, 2017

      This is one of the standard screen deaths. Either the screen broke, or the cable.

      It can be fixed but the repair will be expensive.

      Reply
  7. c w15 November, 2017

    I want to want the Kobo Aura Uno,

    but what a I really want is to be able to do epub and Kindle on the same wifi/bluetooth/e-ink device WITH SUPPORT of at least 8″ screen size.

    I WANT e-ink.

    It seems I’m going to have to take Samasung S2/3.

    Reply

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