The latest E Ink device from Onyx features a 13.3 inch, 2200 x 1650 pixel E Ink display with support for capacitive touch input or a pressure-sensitive Wacom pen.

The Onyx BOOX Max3 looks like a big eReader. But it’s got a bunch of features that make it more like a multi-purpose tablet. It features a USB Type-C port, a fingerprint reader, 5GHz WiFi, stereo speakers, dual microphones, and Android 9.0 software.

Onyx unveiled the Onyx BOOX Max3 at the IFA show in Berlin this week, and it’s available for order from the Onyx website for $860 and up.

Of course, for that price you could buy three Amazon Kindle Oasis eReaders, a Fire HD 8, and still have some money left over.

But there aren’t many devices with E Ink screens featuring those specs.

The BOOX Max3 also packs a 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB.

It also features a 4,300 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.1 support, and an HDMI port that allows you to use the eReader as a monitor.

The tablet/eReader measures 12.2″ x 9″ x 0.3″ and weighs 1.1 pounds.

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10 replies on “13.3 inch Onyx BOOX Max3 is more E Ink tablet than eReader”

  1. It does not have a place for a micro SD card. It does have OTG where you can plug up external storage through the USB c port.
    This is a good platform. For studying with your books it can’t be beat. You get to write on ebooks and pdfs so for scholars and those who read books over and over again making new notes it can’t be beat. I use the Max 2 1st gen daily to journal and read. It’s awesome.

    The older models will get the Android 9 upgrade eventually. I think I’ll wait until after that rolls out to figure out what I’m going to do.

  2. Nice, I like it. I especially like that stand they are using to demo it in the photos. It grabs the tablet by its sides so the ports on the bottom remain unobstructed. On my Kindle Paperwhite, the power button is on the bottom and it is always getting unintentionally pressed when I use my Paperwhite resting on a stand. I think it is a much better design to have the power button on top.

  3. I don’t get these funny prices.

    Yes, the e-Ink panel has some advantages compared to LCD. But since it cannot play video and is grayscale, it can only be a secondary device.

    $860 is a joke. I would pay maybe $250 for a reading-only, secondary device.

  4. Wow! This is the first ebook reader I would buy if the price was acceptable. $860 + VAT is way too much. Such would be ok if the display showed every colour. The high price can only be explained by too little competition (essentially only Sony).

    The design is nice and simple. Finally, we get a reasonably recent operating system. Presumably latency does not allow use of a browser as fluently as on a tablet but this can be tolerated in an ebook reader.

    1. I think it is fairer to say that the price is due to a lack of sales volume.

    1. I don’t use the front light on my Kindle Paperwhite because it seems to make the text appear lighter and have less contrast. I prefer to leave the frontlight all the way off and shine an actual desklamp on my Paperwhite because that makes the text appear much darker and with more contrast. Not sure if that is just Amazon’s particular implementation of frontlighting, or if all eReader frontlights are that way. But it makes having a frontlight less important to me.

      1. I can see an internal light being less ideal than ideal lighting, but a backlight is exclusively for the cases where ideal lighting is absent. It’s like saying “The hand brake lever causes 4-wheel sliding, so I don’t buy cars with them.” Well, the hand brake is not designed for use in ideal situations.

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