The Boox Max Lumi Sports a 13.3″ Screen with Frontlight (video)

Onyx announced two new ereaders yesterday, and they also recently filed FCC paperwork for three more (more posts are coming, yes). One of the new devices is an updated Boox Max model with a frontlight and a more powerful CPU.

The Boox Max Lumi is Onyx’s bid to dethrone the iPad as a work tool. What I mean by that is that Onyx is pitching it not as an ereader but as a tablet. It runs Android 10 on an octa-core CPU (upgraded from the last model) and has features such as split screen (this lets you run any two third-party apps at the same time), the ability to be used as a second monitor.

The 13.3″ screen has a frontlight, and while it is huge compared to my 9.7″ iPad, so is the price. The Onyx Boox Max Lumi has a retail price of $879. I could get two iPads for that price, and still have money to spend on accessories such as BT keyboards.

And yes, I am comparing the Boox Max Lumi to the entry-level iPad; I have the cheapest model, and it is more than capable doing everything that Onyx says you can do with the Lumi.

I simply could not imagine replacing my tablet with something that costs twice as much. Now that I think about it, I might replace my iPad with a Windows 10 tablet, though. Those can cost around $300 to $500, and are pretty powerful.

It would not however look as cool as the Lumi looks in the promo video:



  • Screen: 13.3 ” Carta E-ink
  • Resolution: 2200 x 1650 Carta (207dpi)
  • Touchscreen: Wacom digitzier with stylus (4096 levels pressure sensitivity) + capacitiv
  • CPU: Updated Octa-core
  • RAM: 4GB 
  • Internal Storage: 64 GB
  • Connectivity: Wifi, Bluetooth
  • OS: Android 10.0
  • Documents Formats: PDF(reflowable), PPT,EPUB, TXT, DJVU, HTML, RTF, FB2, DOC, MOBI, CHM…
  • Image Formats: PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP
  • Audio Formats: WAV, MP3
  • Buttons: power, back button with fingerprint recognition
  • Expansion Interface: USB Type-C (support OTG)
  • Monitor Interface: micro HDMI
  • Sound: Dual speakers, earphone jack
  • Mike: yes
  • Battery: 4.3A
  • Dimensions: 310 x 228 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 570g


Nate Hoffelder

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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 Comment

  1. cmhorn22 September, 2020

    The ipads cant do what a Lumi or even a $100 Kindle does. Ipads damage the eyes and sleep patterns. That is the main benefit of e-ink devices.


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