Onyx began shipping a 13.3 inch E Ink device called the Onyx Boox Max Carta earlier this year. It had the kind of high-contrast, low power display you find on a Kindle, but it’s larger than any Kindle to date, and it came with a digital pen allowing you to write or draw as well as writing or drawing.

Now a new model is on the way. The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro has the same E Ink Carta flexible plastic display with a 2200 x 1650 pixel resolution. But it supports both pen and finger touch input (the original was a pen-only device) and has more powerful hardware and updated software.

The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro is up for preorder from the eReader Store for €671 ($790) and it should ship by the end of December.

The new model features a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage. It has physical buttons for menu, back, next, and previous pages, and the Boox Max 2 Pro has a Wacom digitizer for pen input, but you can also use your fingers to navigate.

It supports WiFi and Bluetooth, and there’s also a 3.5mm audio jack that you can use to listen to audiobooks or music or make voice recordings. The device also supports text-to-speech so you can listen to content that would otherwise be text-only. The device supports a range of formats including PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, HTML, JPG, PNG, BMP, MP3, and WAV.

Onyx also included n HDMI input that allows you to use the Boox Max 2 Pro as an E Ink monitor for a PC or other gadgets.

While the Boox Max Carta ran software based on Android 4.0, the Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro has an Android 6.0 based operating system. Sure, it’s still a few years out of date, but hey, at least it’s newer, right?

The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro measures 7.5mm (0.3 inches) thick and weighs 550 grams (1.2 pounds). It has a 4,100 mAh battery that Onyx says should be good for up to 4 weeks of standby time.

via The eBook Reader

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6 replies on “Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro 13.3 inch E Ink device coming soon (for $800)”

  1. The notebookcheck.net review says: “There are two big drawbacks that will likely relegate the Max 2 Pro to a small market. The first (and perhaps most limiting) is its price… The other is battery life, which is odd. One of the main advantages eReaders have over their LCD-based tablet brethren is their long battery life, which is usually measured in weeks rather than hours. However (possibly due to the large feature set), the Boox Max 2 Pro doesn’t last very long. There aren’t any hard numbers as of yet, but don’t expect the device to last all day.” The video review out of China posted there also confirms that. So unfortunately it seems to be grossly overpriced junk with such a major design flaw!

  2. The large ebook readers are improving at glacial speed. However, they still have a long way to go. An outdated operating system and no long-term updates to the latest version are a security gap. The pen loop is annoying. The asymmetric display location, asymmetric name asymmetric and name at all (but at least in decent text colour) are slightly annoying. There is no 16 bit grey scale, not to mention colours. I very much want some large ebook reader but these aspects and some others to be verified (limits of functionality, limits of browsing, file formats, file exchange, security of file exchange) keep preventing me from buying one at the high prices. Ebook readers have the 4:3 ratio and matte surface I want from a tablet display and long battery life, but functionality and the mentioned disavantages still do not justify getting one besides a tablet. Maybe ebook readers will be ready in 5 or 10 years, at which time some – especially Windows – tablets might finally offer the advantages of ebook readers. Their manufacturers have a great chance but they lose it if they do not deliver before the tablet manufacturers will.

  3. I keep on wanting these but i just cannot justify them at $800 why hasn’t e-ink gone down in the decade it has been available

  4. Is it the only Android tablet with a hdmi input ? Do you know another one ? Apps like Twomon can’t replace an hdmi input. Being able to use my lcd tablet as a secondary monitor on the go would really be a killer feature. I don’t want to bring a portable monitor everywhere. I think it doeasn’t happen because of the hdmi consortium. Am i right ?

  5. A faster processor is a great idea. I have tried a few e-ink devices including the goodereader 13 and then the remarkable tablet. The biggest issue I had with both? Speed. The cpu is quite a bit slower than what you would find on an ipad without the e-ink screen. I know there is a good reason to use e-ink, but there are some drawbacks. So I’m sticking with an ipad pro for now. The price of these devices is pretty darn high when you consider how limited it is compared to an ipad pro. But those e-ink displays are not cheap. And moving to android 6.0 is actually a great improvement, but…still a problem. The goodereader 13.3 was so buggy I sent it right back–it is a passable reader but any attempt to use it as an android tablet was sure to fail.

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