Onyx Boox Chronos Runs Android 4.2, Costs $346

Onyx just launched the next “why even bother ereader in Russia. The Boox Chronos has a 9.7” Carta E-ink screen, and costs 19,990 rubles (about $346).

The Chronos is the first ereader to use a 9.7″ Carta E-ink screen, but unfortunately Onyx hobbled the device with a weak CPU as well as a low screen rsolution. It runs Android 4.2, yes, but it only has a 1GHz CPU and 512MB RAM.

While it also has Wifi, Bluetooth, 8GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, and runs Onyx’s excellent software, that weak CPU means this device is really only about a third as useful as it could be.

To make matters worse, the Chronos has a screen resolution of 1200 x 825 – the same resolution as on the Kindle DX, which came out in 2009.

This is definitely a “why even bother” ebook reader.


  • CPU: 1GHz
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 8GB, microSD card slot
  • Display: 9.7″ Carta E-ink, frontlight
  • Screen resolution: 1200 x 825
  • Touchscreen: capacitive
  • OS Android 4.2.2
  • Connectivity: Wifi, Bluetooth
  • Battery: 3Ah
  • Weight: 450 grams
  • Dimensions: 258 x 177 x 9.5 mm


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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. lemondrop21 September, 2017

    $345 for a 9.7″ screen. That seems pretty good. And how high does the screen def need to be to display text? And it has a front-light. Is the device available at that price in the USA?

  2. lemondrop21 September, 2017

    Also it has blue-tooth so can double as a laptop screen when doubled with a bluetooth keyboard.


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