Boyue Likebook Note Features 10.3″ Screen, Runs Android 4.4

Boyue Likebook Note Features 10.3" Screen, Runs Android 4.4 e-Reading Hardware

Soon the Remarkable writing tablet and the Onyx Boox Note won't be the only 10.3" writing slates on the market.

A reader has tipped me to the Likebook Note, a new 10.3" ereader from Chinese OEM Boyue. (Thanks, Carlos!)

The Likebook Note is a 10.3" ereader that runs Android 4.4 on a 1GHz single-core CPU with 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.

It's powered by a 4.7Ah battery and has Wifi, Bluetooth, a headphone jack, a USB type-C port, and speakers, and is only 7.5mm thick.

The 10.3" Carta E-ink screen has a screen resolution of 1404 x 1872 as well as a capacitive touchscreen and an electromagnetic stylus.

Boyue Likebook Note Features 10.3" Screen, Runs Android 4.4 e-Reading Hardware While it is great to see another large-screen ereader, the Likebook Note really has nothing to recommend it. It's running an old version of Android on an average-power CPU. And what's worse is that it is ruined by a USB type-C connection.

Adding that port almost makes me think Boyue set out to make the most pointless update they could. They didn't update the OS, they didn't improve the CPU, but they did add a type-C port.

If you like this device, you should wait for either the second model or for Boyue to come to their senses and revise the design with better hardware.

Based on what we see right now, the Likebook Note deserves a hard pass.

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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."

14 Comments on Boyue Likebook Note Features 10.3″ Screen, Runs Android 4.4

  1. Agreed about the meagre hardware and hopelessly outdated OS, but what’s so bad about USB-C in this case? I’m looking forward to being able to use one charger for all my devices – although admittedly micro USB is currently still compatible enough, so I care more about type C charging ports on laptops. Still, I don’t see anything inherently bad about a type C connector.

    • USB-C adds absolutely nothing that the device needs while forcing people to mess with another cable. I have a bunch of perfectly workable devices, and I’m not going to replace them just because one device maker decides to adopt USB-C.

      • The logic in this answer is puzzling. You object to USB C because you have a pile of different, incompatible power cables, even though one goal of USB C is to remove this incompatibility. So what would you prefer? Another incompatible cable that is not USB C?

        • “you have a pile of different, incompatible power cables”

          That’s not what I said.

        • Wasn’t that one of the goals of Micro-USB also? And Mini-USB before it? It doesn’t remove incompatibility if you change your interface every few years. Right now, I have a lot of Micro-USB devices, so buying USB-C devices would mean adding an additional cable for no benefit.

  2. Unless the entire idea is to produce an e-reader that is cheaper than the Boox Onyx Note (which has frustratingly been delayed until at least later this month) and the ReMarkable, I can’t see why they bothered with this device. When I saw the headline I was intrigued up until the point at which I read “Android 4.4.” Now I’m completely disinterested.

  3. Yeah 4,4 just screams we’re too lazy to update it to at keast 6 or 7 withbthe option of 8.
    Also whete’s the microsd card reader? Storage is cheap content is expensive.

    Why can designer just use some common sense;what do users really needs as opposed to what designer want?


  4. I agree about outdated hardware and old Android, I’ll pass on this one.
    As for USB-C though, I actually prefer it. My phone has it, so it would allow me to carry only one cable.

  5. It’s too bad about the antiquated OS. However, I have two tablets with older versions of Android which I still can use. Just not for everything.

    It does have a light and a micro sd card slot. Those are both very desirable features which are missing from the Onyx Note and the ReMarkable.

    Guess it will really depend on the software experience and the price.

  6. Does it have, al least, a flexible screen?

  7. Well for me the USB C is a point in favor. I wish all the manufacturers adopt it.
    Bye the way, this Ereader has light. Another point in favor.

    I would like a Kindle ereader 10.3″…

  8. USB-C is great because it can be plugged in either side. It is another cable to drag around though but it is a positive thing in the long run.

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