Hands on with the Onyx Boox e-Note 10.3
The Onyx Boox e-Note is in some ways an update to Onyx’s 9.7″ ereaders, only with the new and not-yet-released 10.3″ Carta E-ink screen. It’s going to have both a capacitive touchscreen and an "active pen". It’s not clear what that means, although the specs do make clear that the other touchscreen option is an electromagnetic stylus (it’s an either/or situation).
This A5-sized screen has a screen resolution of 1404 x 1872, or 227 ppi. That is considerably sharper than existing 9.7″ Eink screens, which max out at a resolution of 1200 x 825, or 150 ppi.
And yet the Boox e-Note is almost the same size as the N96 (on the left).
The Onyx Boox e-Note runs Android 4.0 on a 1GHz CPU with 1GB RAM. It has 16GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, microphone, and a headphone jack. It has both wifi and Bluetooth, and the specs also mention "support" for a speaker (I did not see a speaker grill in the video, however).
Weighing in at 480 grams, this device has a 4.1 Ah battery and measures 6.7 mm thin.
In related news, Onyx is also updating their 9.7″ ereader. The new model will have a Carta E-ink screen and is going to be called the N96 Carta.
It’s not clear whether the 9.7″ screen will be getting a boost in screen resolution, though, and without that I really don’t see why anyone would want this model.
BTW, I didn’t catch a mention of a release date or price. Did you?