The color-shifting frontlight concept that Kobo pioneered on the Aura One has now made its way to Onyx ereaders.
The Onyx Boox Cleopatra 3 features a 6.8″ Carta E-ink screen with MOON Light+ frontlight, which the product listing says lets users change its color temperature from cooler to warmer tones.
This ereader is launching today in Russia with a retail price of 14990 rubles, or $247 USD. I am still trying to confirm the details about the frontlight, but I can tell you more about the rest of the ereader.
It runs Android 4.0 on a 1GHz Freescale i.Mx6 CPU with 1GB RAM. It’s 6.8″ Carta E-ink display has a capacitive touchscreen, the aforementioned frontlight, and a screen resolution of 1440 x 1080.
This ereader has 8GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, Wifi, and Bluetooth. It measures 9mm thin, weighs 236 grams, and packs in a 1.7Ah battery.
It also has rather useless page turn buttons on either side of the screen (seriously, don’t bother) as well as a d-pad below the screen.
Coincidentally, there is no mention of audio support, a feature which can be found on the almost identical Onyx Boox T76 plus sold on Banggood. The T76 plus is about $45 cheaper but does not mention a color-shifting frontlight (otherwise I would tell you to get that model).
All in all, the Cleopatra 3 is a tempting ereader – if the frontlight performs as promised. It is a slightly more open, slightly more expensive alternative to the Kobo Aura H2O (2017).
It’s a pity that it runs such an old version of Android, though.
If you get one, let us know how things turned out.