The new Onyx BOOX Leaf is an eBook reader with a 7 inch E Ink display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and an octa-core processor. With an operating system based on Android 10, it’s as much an ePaper tablet as it is an eReader.
First announced in November, The Onyx BOOX Leaf is available now for $250 from Best Buy or the BOOX Shop.
The BOOX Leaf has a 7 inch, 1680 x 1264 pixel E Ink Carta display with support for capacitive touch input, a front light with support for adjustable color temperature (you can reduce the amount of blue light for reading at night.
It also supports Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band WiFi, has a USB Type-C OTG port for charging and data transfer, a 2,000 mAh battery, and a microphone and speaker. The eReader measures 165.6 x 130.8 x 6mm (6.5″ x 5.1″ x 0.2″) and weighs 6 ounces.
In addition to supporting the usual eBook and document formats, the BOOX Leaf can play WAV and MP3 audio files, and it supports third-party apps downloaded from the BOOX Store (as well as side-loaded apps, since this is an Android device, after all).
Onyx says it will offer free firmware updates for the BOOX Leaf for at least three years.
Onyx also offers a magnetic case/cover with a fabric finish. Folks who pre-order by November 30th will get a bundle that includes the case for $280. After that, the price of the eReader plus case is expected to go up to $310.
The Onyx BOOX Leaf is available for pre-order in the US from the BOOX US Shop, while customers in other countries can pre-order from the global BOOX Shop.
via The eBook Reader
Onyx is an unethical company that is keeping their GPL code private. They’ve essentially stolen their code.
Do not buy their hardware.
You’d be better off with a MobiScribe Origin. It’s about the same price, has bezels to grip onto, Wacom EMR, a microSD card slot, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. White and orange front lights too.
The SoC is weaker and it’s running Android 8.1, and sideloading is done through APKPure (or store of choice – except Play).
I have a Japanese King Jim Frenote, which is pretty much the same device, and it’s very good.
How well does the stock web browser in general?
I’ve been looking for a replacement for my ancient Kindle 3, and this one looks really nice.
However I’m worried about the lack of ways to grip this thing with such small bezels.
I find myself changing positions often when I read, and I don’t see this offering a variety of comfortable ways to hold it.