Onyx Boox Poke2 Runs Android 9.0, Costs $189

Onyx has captured our attention by announcing a color ereader, but that is not their only new gadget. Earlier today they started shipping a new ereader called the Poke2.

The Poke2 runs Android 9.0 on an octa-core CPU, and can be bought today from Boox.com. Retail is $189.

The Onyx Boox Poke2 features a 6″ Carta E-ink display with a capacitive touchscreen and a color-changing frontlight. Screen resolution is 1072 x 1448, or 300 PPI.

It runs Android 9.0 on a 2GHz octa-core CPU with 2GB RAM. It also has 32 GB storage, Wifi, and Bluetooth. Battery capacity is 1.5Ah, which can be recharged through the micro-USB port.

Hardware specs are nice and all, but what really matters is what you can do with it. The Poke 2 supports a wide variety of file formats, including PDF, which can be read in “scrolling mode” to avoid leafing through one page at a time and speeding up reading.

That sounds like a great device, but I for one am eagerly waiting for the color ereader.

How about you?


Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder 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. Paul Durrant22 April, 2020

    Well, that’s underwhelming.

  2. Steve H.22 April, 2020

    When some manufacturer comes out with a 9 or 10 inch device they may catch my attention and dollars.

    1. Dan20 May, 2020

      You have plenty in the Onyx Boox catalog, but in the newest with Android 9 you have the Boox Note 2 of 10.3 inches but if you want to go far even beyond that you have the Boox MAX 3 of 13.3 but that one have also MAX in the price

  3. deanna24 April, 2020

    Just bought the Poke2. I have the Nova Pro…nice, but too big. No interest in color, especially after viewing the recent video of the announced forthcoming Onyx.

    I seem to be in the minority preferring smaller readers. Have two old Fire HD6s that are failing to charge.

    1. Susan6 September, 2020

      Deanna, after having the Poke 2 for a little while , what is your impression? Do you like it? Mine has just shipped and I am looking forward to receiving it.

  4. […] When Onyx announced their new color ereader earlier this week, all they gave us was a single graphic. I can now report that the new device will be using the same hardware as the Poke2, which was also announced this week. […]

  5. Susan2 September, 2020

    Nate, does this and the Poke 2 Color allow inverting?

    1. Nate Hoffelder2 September, 2020

      I do not beleive so.

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