The Onyx BOOX Note Air2 Plus features a 10.3 inch E Ink touchscreen display, support for pressure-sensitive pen input, and an operating system based on Android 11. While it would be easy to think of it as a big, expensive eBook reader, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, I prefer to think of devices like this as E Ink tablets.

Onyx is taking orders for the Note Air2 Plus for $500 and up, which is just $20 more than the company currently charges for last year’s Note Air2 which is… nearly, but not quite identical.

Both devices feature 10.3 inch E Ink Carta 1404 x 1872 pixel displays with support for 16 shades of grey, front lights with support for adjustable color temperature, glass covers, and support for a BOOX Pen Plus stylus with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The two eReaders also both have Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processors, 4GB of LPDDR4X memory, 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage, USB Type-C ports, a built-in mic and speaker, and dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0 support.

So what’s the difference? The new Plus model has a 3,700 mAh battery rated for up to 5 weeks of battery life, while the original Note Air2 has a 3,000 mAh battery good for up to 4 weeks of usage.

Also, the Note Air2 has a blue case, while the Note Air2 Plus is pine green and supports an optional magnetic case accessory.

That’s pretty much it, which probably helps explain why the two tablets have nearly identical names and price tags. But I suppose it’s nice to have the option of buying a model with a bigger battery for just $20 more.

via Notebook Italia and @OnyxBOOX (1)(2)

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    1. I’m not sure that’s true. The marketing says “upgraded octa-core CPU,” but that’s the exact same language Onyx uses for the Note Air2. Given all the other similarities, I highly suspect both models have the same processor, and that “upgraded” means faster than the version used in the first-gen Note Air.