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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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."

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. $200 8″ with Android, and you say it’s “a rather unimpressive”? WTF?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

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