Most popular eBook readers have screen sizes of about 6 inches, give or take. That makes a Kindle, Kobo, or NOOK eReader about the same size as a paperback book.
But some material looks better on a big screen. There’s still a small market for Amazon’s discontinued 9.7 inch Kindle DX. And Sony sells a $999 Digital Paper System with a 13.3 inch E Ink display and support for pen input.
Now eReader maker Onyx is reportedly planning to launch a more consumer-friendly 13.3 inch eReader.
It’s also a flexible, plastic TFT display which displays 16 shades of grey, only uses power when the screen is being refreshed, and is easily visible outdoors using ambient light.
E Ink’s 13.3 inch screens cost a lot more than the company’s smaller displays… which means the Onyx eReader will likely be a lot more expensive than a typical Kindle device.
But even if it’s priced as high as $750, as Good eRedear suggests, it could be a lower-cost alternative to Sony Digital Paper for folks that want to read magazines, blueprints, PDF files, and other documents on a big, low-power, high-contrast display but who don’t necessarily need to jot handwritten notes on those documents.
The device will reportedly run Android 4.4 and support third-party eBook apps as well as software pre-loaded by Onyx.