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Hands On With the Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro and Boox Note – Coming Soon to Amazon! (video)

Yesterday I brought you the scoop that the Boox Note will ship early next month from Onyx’s , and now it seems we will soon be able to order it fromthe official Onyx stores on Amazon as well.

Liliputing and have posted hands on videos for the Onyx Boox Note and the Boox Max 2 Pro, and in both videos the Onyx reps promised that Onyx would sell the ereaders through Amazon.

It is unclear whether that is true, but one can hope.

The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro and Boox Note are 13.3″ and 10.3″ versions of basically the same ereader. They both run Android 6.0 on a quad-core 1.6GHz CPU with 2GB RAM and they both have dual-touchscreen technologies. You can draw on their screen with a fingertip (capacitive) or use the pressure-sensitive Wacom stylus with its 2048 degrees of sensitivity.

Besides the screen size, the one key difference are the ports. The Note has a USB-C port (ugh) while the Max 2 Pro has a regular USB port. Both devices have Wifi, BT, speakers, and a mike.

Edit: And both the Max 2, as well as the Note "Pro", have HDMI ports. The Onyx Boox Note mentioned below does not.

The Note is up for pre-order now for 462 euros, and is scheduled to ship in early February. The Max 2 Pro is back-ordered, and should ship later this month.  It costs 671 euros.

We do not know when the Note Pro will be released.

Onyx Boox Note 10.3″ eReader Goes Up for Pre-Order – Android 6.0, $551

Onyx’s long-awaited 10.3″ ereader is almost here, and my god it is expensive.

The Onyx Boox Note features a 10.3″ screen with the same resolution as the Remarkable writing tablet, combined with dual touchscreen technologies and princely price tag of 462 euros, or $551 USD.

The Onyx Boox Note runs Android 6.0 on a quad-core 1.6Ghz CPU with 2GB RAM, and 32GB storage. In terms of input it has a single button on the front as well as both a capacitive and WACOM touchscreen integrated into its 10.3″ Mobius Carta E-ink screen (screen resolution 1872 x 1404).

Powered by a 4.1Ah battery, the Note has Wifi, Bluetooth, a pair of speakers, and a microphone.

That is a powerful device, but it is also an incredibly expensive one. You could buy an iPad for less, and get a tablet that does a lot more.

The Note goes up for pre-order today for 462 euros, and is expected to ship on 7 February.

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Hands On with the New Android 6.0 Onyx Boox Max2, Canvas, Note eReaders (video)

Some might claim that innovation has stalled in the ereader market, but that is only true if you ignore  Onyx. The Chinese ereader maker is showing off multiple new models this week at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, including the 10.3″ Note and the Max2, a 13.3″ ereader that doubles as a monitor.

Okay, the Note isn’t that innovative – it’s an incremental improvement over existing 9.7″ models (the same is true for the Canvas). But it still has a much sharper screen (1872 x 1404, or 227 PPI), and runs a newer version of Android on a faster CPU.

All three of Onyx’s new models run Android 6 on a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU. If the prices are even close to that of the existing models then the boost to performance will make these ereaders a great buy.

please do tell me what you think of the videos below.

In particular, I want you to watch the video for the Max2 being used as a monitor. It’s hard to say without the device in front of me, but the Max2 looks like it is faster than my Dasung Paperlike Pro.

P.S. The Max2 and Canvas videos are courtesy of Notebook Italia, which also told us that Onyx hasn’t said anything specific about the release date, or the price.

Onyx Boox Canvas

Onyx Boox Max2 and Max2 Pro

Onyx Boox Max2 as a monitor

Onyx Boox e-Note 10.3″ eReader to Ship in September

The Onyx retail partner in Turkey has revealed on Facebook that the Onyx Boox e-Note, an upcoming 10.3″ ereader, is going to ship in October.

The price has not ben announced.

TheOnyx Boox e-Note is built around a 10.3″, A5-sized Carta E-ink display. It 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.

We saw the Boox e-Note at a show back in April, and according to that earlier report, this ereader runs Android 4.0 on a 1GHz CPU with 1GB RAM. It has both wifi and Bluetooth as well as 16GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, microphone, and a headphone jack.

That is an old version of Android, yes, but on the upside  you can still install apps,

We also got a look at the spec sheet in April, and it hinted at dual-touchscreen tech (capacitive and an electromagnetic stylus). There was no mention of a frontlight, however.

All in all, the Boox e-Note look like it could be the upgrade that the 9.7″ ereaders have needed for several years now. It is almost the same size and packs in a higher screen resolution while still running the same Android firmware.

Hopefully it is priced close to the N96, and other Onyx ereaders with a 9.7″ screen. That would make it a killer value.

Hands on with the Onyx Boox e-Note 10.3

In addition to the Boox Typewriter and the Onyx Boox Max Carta Elite Ultimate,  Chinese ereader maker Onyx also showed off its new 10.3″ ereader at the Hong Kong electronics fair last week.

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?

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Hands On With the Onyx Boox Typewriter (video)

We just got our first look at the Onyx E-ink netbook I told you about earlier this week, and it’s even better than expected.

Charbax caught up with Onyx at the HK electronics fair this week, and he shot a video of onyx’s latest gadget.

The Onyx Boox Typewriter, as it is currently named, is an Android netbook convertible with a 9.7″E-ink screen. When plugged into the keyboard dock, you can use it like any netbook, but you can also remove it and carry it around like a tablet (it has a capacitive touchscreen).

According to what I was told by one of Onyx’s retail partners, the Onyx Boox Typewriter is still a prototype. Onyx is teasing it to see if there is enough interest to justify taking it to production. They’re also taking feedback on the design, so if you would like it with the new 10.3″ E-ink screen, now is the time to speak up.

Speaking of which, the second half of the video focuses on Onyx’s new 10.3″ device. It doesn’t have a price or release date yet, but we do know that its touchscreen uses an electromagnetic stylus.

Onyx has been getting away from that type of touchscreen on its latest devices, but it makes sense to use a stylus on such a large screen.

Onyx to Unveil E-ink Netbook, 10.3″ Boox Note Later This Week

The Chinese ereader maker Onyx will be showing off several new gadgets at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair later this week. They’ve sent out an invite, and even though it is in Chinese it already as this blogger drooling.

In addition to the Boox Max Carta, the 13.3″ ereader we were already expecting, Onyx is also going to be showing off the Boox Note, an ereader with a 10.3″ E-ink screen, and it is also going to reveal a new netbook.

I don’t yet know the Netbook’s name, but I do know that it has a 9.7″ E-ink screen.

E-ink enthusiasts have been saying for some time now that they wanted to use this screen tech on a laptop, and not they are getting their chance.

Sure, several companies have tried to release this type of netbook, but the closest most people have gotten is when they paired a Bluetooth or USB keyboard with one of Onyx’s ereaders (or the Nook).

The result usually looked something like this:

Onyx’s new device promises to work a lot better – if it ships.

There is still a chance, though, that Onyx might decide that the market is too small or that the tech just doesn’t work.

Stay tuned.



Onyx to Release 10.3″ Boox eReader Later This Year (Maybe)

I have doubted for a while now whether we would ever see an ereader using E-ink’s new 10.3″ screen.

The Boeye T103 has reportedly been canceled, Sony’s new device is still on the whiteboard, and the Remarkable is backed by a company which has no history to show it will successfully ship its first device.

Now we can add the Chinese ereader maker Onyx to the maybe list. According to Booxtor (he runs, Onyx  might use this screen in a future device.

New 10.3″ Onyx device should be ready in October. They are going to start mass production if they see interest in it after the Book Fair in Frankfurt.

When I first wrote this post I framed it as a definite launch announcement, but after reading that statement again it’s clear that this is less certain than enthusiasts would like.

Onyx might use this screen – if the buyers show up.

For reference, here’s a dummy T103 unit from Boeye:

If Onyx does produce this ereader, it’s going to have a screen resolution of 1404 x 1872, or about 227 ppi.

If we’re lucky, it might run Android 5.0, but it will most likely run Android 4.0 (Onyx has struggled to release to later versions of Android). You can also expect to see Wifi and Bluetooth, but it’s impossible to pin down specific details on things like the touchscreen – that will depend on what the vendor(s) ask for.

Stay tuned.