Over the past few years we’ve seen most makers of eReaders move away from big models with 9.7 inch screens like the Kindle DX to more compact 6 inch models… like most other Kindles. But that hasn’t stopped Onyx from launching a new model with a 9.7 inch E Ink display — and it’s got a few other unusual features as well.

The Onyx M96M Zeus is now available in Russia.

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The Zeus runs an operating system based on Android 4.0, and while it includes an Onyx eReader app with support for digital books in a variety of formats (including EPUBC, Mobipocket, TXT, HTML, and more), according to The Digital Reader the device also supports third-party Android eReader apps including Cool Reader and FBReader.

The device sports an 825 x 1200 E Ink Pearl HD display, 512MB of RAM, a 1 GHz Feescale i.MX6 Solo Lite processor, and 4GB of built-in storage. There’s also an SD card slot for extra storage.

Other features include WiFi and Bluetooth, a touchscreen, and a hefty 1600mAh battery to keep up with the large display and relatively fast processor (for an eReader).

Unfortunately those features come at a cost… in more ways than one. The Onyx M96M Zeus is heavier than a typical eReader, weighing about 1.12 pounds. It’s also relatively pricey, selling for about $420 in Russia.

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3 replies on “Onyx M96M Zeus is a 9.7 inch Android eReader (for Russia)”

  1. At long last! An e-ink device with 1) a recent version of android so I can run, you know, modern apps (had a nook simple touch but I was limited to using Opera) 2) a giant display 😀 Wonder whether I can get it shipped to the UK somehow

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