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Onyx Boox Chronos Runs Android 4.2, Costs $346

Onyx just launched the next "why even bother ereader in Russia. The Boox Chronos has a 9.7" Carta E-ink screen, and costs 19,990 rubles (about $346).

The Chronos is the first ereader to use a 9.7″ Carta E-ink screen, but unfortunately Onyx hobbled the device with a weak CPU as well as a low screen rsolution. It runs Android 4.2, yes, but it only has a 1GHz CPU and 512MB RAM.

While it also has Wifi, Bluetooth, 8GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, and runs Onyx’s excellent software, that weak CPU means this device is really only about a third as useful as it could be.

To make matters worse, the Chronos has a screen resolution of 1200 x 825 – the same resolution as on the Kindle DX, which came out in 2009.

This is definitely a "why even bother" ebook reader.


  • CPU: 1GHz
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 8GB, microSD card slot
  • Display: 9.7″ Carta E-ink, frontlight
  • Screen resolution: 1200 x 825
  • Touchscreen: capacitive
  • OS Android 4.2.2
  • Connectivity: Wifi, Bluetooth
  • Battery: 3Ah
  • Weight: 450 grams
  • Dimensions: 258 x 177 x 9.5 mm

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lemondrop September 21, 2017 um 9:50 am

$345 for a 9.7″ screen. That seems pretty good. And how high does the screen def need to be to display text? And it has a front-light. Is the device available at that price in the USA?

lemondrop September 21, 2017 um 9:52 am

Also it has blue-tooth so can double as a laptop screen when doubled with a bluetooth keyboard.

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