Onyx has just announced a couple replacements for its under-powered and disappointing Boox Max ereader.
The Max2 and Max2 Pro ereaders will have 13.3″ Carta E-ink screens, and are scheduled to ship later this year.
Aside from one detail, the two devices are almost identical. The only important difference is that the specs for the Max2 Pro mention a capacitive touchscreen and an stylus touchscreen, while the Max 2 will only have the stylus.
Both devices are described as running Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a quad-core 1.6GHz CPU with 2GB RAM. They will have both a speaker & microphone, 32GB or 64GB internal storage, Wifi, and Bluetooth.
Weighing in at 550 grams, the Max2 measures 7.8mm thick, more than enough for a 4.1Ah battery.
Like the Onyx Boox Max, both of the new models will have a flexible Carta e-ink screen, with a screen resolution of 2200 x 1650. They won’t have frontlights, but the Max 2 Pro will have both an electromagnetic stylus and a capacitive touchscreen.
That is great news because it fixes one of the more annoying problems on the Onyx Boox Max. It is limited to only working with a stylus (no fingers) and that has been a real pin in the a**. The other problem with the Onyx Boox Max is that it is crippled by its single-core CPU. I can’t tell you how much I regret buying it.
I wish I had waited until the Max2 Pro was available – that is the model you should buy, both for its faster CPU and for the addition of the HDMI port. That is a feature that Onyx first showed off in April 2017, and it means that you will be able to use the Max2 Pro as a monitor.
The Max2 Pro might not have software as good as the Dasung Paperlike Pro, but its ereader features and portability means it will have far more uses than the Paperlike Pro.