Boyue T80 – Android 4.2, 8″ E-ink Screen, $197
The Boyue T80 runs Android on a dual-core CPU, and can be bought today from Banggood.
Like other Boyue ereaders, the T80 runs Android 4.2 and natively supports Epub, PDF, and a number of other formats.
The Boyue T80 has a dual-core 1Ghz CPU with 512MB RAM. It has 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, Wifi, and a headphone jack. Weighing in at 278 grams, it measures 8.4mm thin and has a 2.8Ah battery.
That’s not a bad spec sheet so far, but then we get to the screen.
The t80 has a relatively low resolution 8″ screen with frontlight and touchscreen. The screen resolution is 1024 x 768, or about 160 ppi.
The screen on the T80 is about half as sharp as the latest E-ink screen tech, and yet this ereader costs only $30 less than the Kobo Aura One, which has a 7.8″ 300ppi screen.
I do not know why Boyue even bothered. Yes, there’s a market for 8″ ereaders, but it makes little sense to release an ereader that is so obviously inferior.
Edit: It’s been so long that I forgot, but someone at Mobileread noticed the T80 is the same hardware as the Icarus Illumina XL and the Inkbook 8. o it’s less that Boyue released a disappointing ereader than that they recycled a two-year-old design.
Don’t buy the Boyue T80. If you need a device with a similar screen size, buy the Aura One.