Boyue just sent me their next 10.3" ereader. It's called the Likebook Alita, and it has gotten this burned-out blogger excited about ereaders again.
The Likebook Alita is the next model in the Boyue product line after the Likebook Mimas. While the Alita has the same screen size and runs the same OS as the Mimas, the hardware also differs significantly.
For starters, the Alita also has a flush front, and an invisible home button. It also has speakers. It has twice the RAM (4GB) and more internal storage (27GB - a nominal 32GB?). I did not find a card slot, but Boyue said that the slot is hidden like a SIM card slot, so maybe the non-button I found on one edge is actually the card slot.T
In terms of software, I can confirm that the Alita's handwriting recognition features worked reasonably well with my chicken scratches. I've also been told that Boyue will be releasing an Android 8 firmware this September.
I do not have a release date for the Alita, but based on what I have seen I think it's worth keeping an eye out.
- CPU: 1.5GHz Rockchip octa-core RK3368
- RAM: 4GB
- Display: 10.3", 1404 x 1872 resolution Carta E-ink screen
- Touchcreen: capacitive, electromagnetic (stylus)
- Frontlight: color-shifting
- OS: Likebook OS (Android 6.0)
- Storage: 27GB
- Connectivity: Wifi, Bluetooth
- Audio: headphone jack, speakers