First Look at the 13″ Onyx Boox Max, 9.7″ Onyx Boox N96.
The video was shot by Booxtor, one of Onyx’s retail partners in Europe, and it shows the sample units that he bought from the company. About 30 minutes of the video is devoted to the larger Onyx Boox Max, with the last 5 minutes showing the two devices side-by-side.
I haven’t see the video myself (trying to watch it gives me a sympathetic neck cramp), but according to Booxtor:
In the clip you can see how Max handles PDF, DjVU, EPUB, CBZ files, TTS Acapella as well as how Google Play, DropBox, Kindle app, Browser work. I tried to install Mendeley, however Mendeley will be supported from Android 4.1 and currently does not work on my Max.
The Onyx Boox Max is a highly anticipated 13″ ereader which was supposed to sport a new, higher-resolution (2200 x 1650) Mobius E-ink screen. Alas, Booxtor has revealed over at MobileRead that the new screens are not ready yet, and so the Boox Max will likely ship with the same screen found on the Sony DPT-S1 Digital Paper. That device had a screen resolution of 1200 x 1600.
He has also revealed that the Boox Max is also going to cost a little less than the DPT-S1. He’s expecting to sell the Max for 585 euros (plus VAT), which comes to about $655 USD (plus VAT and/or shipping, of course)
Even when we factor in shipping, that’s a serious discount. And if that’s not enough to sell you on the Max, let’s not forget that the published specs on the Max say that it runs Android 4.0 on a dual-core 1GHz CPU, which means its feature list is only limited by app compatibility.
The DPT-S1 can do PDFs, but the Boox Max can run a bevy of Android apps, including possibly even Instapaper, Kindle, Kobo, Pocket, news reader apps, and other Android apps.
Even with the unfulfilled promise of the screen resolution, that is still a seriously capable device.
If you get one, let me know. I want to hear what you think.