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The Onyx BOOX Leaf2 is an eBook reader with a 7 inch, 1680 x 1264 pixel E Ink Carta black and white display with 300 pixels per inch, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and Android-based software.

In other words, it’s similar in a lot of ways to the first-gen Onyx BOOX Leaf that launched earlier this year. But the new model has a different processor, newer software, and physical page turn buttons. And with a $200 price tag, it’s actually cheaper than the older model, which sold for $250.

The Leaf2 is powered by an unspecified Qualcomm quad-core processor and ships with Android 11 pre-installed. While this device is meant first and foremost for reading eBooks (it doesn’t have a pen for writing or drawing like some of the other members of the Onyx BOOX lineup), it supports third-party Android apps as well as apps for reading eBooks and other documents.

You can also use the Leaf2 to listen to audiobooks or music using the built-in stereo speakers or wired or wireless headphones – the eReader supports Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band WiFi. And while it doesn’t have a headphone jack, you can plug a headphone adapter into the USB Type-C port.

Other features include a 2,000 mAh battery, a built-in mic, a microSD card reader, and sensor that enables automatic screen rotation.

While the original Onyx BOOX Leaf lacked physical page turn buttons, it was designed to work with a magnetic case that had buttons. But the new model has its buttons built into the side bezel, which means that you don’t need to buy a case to use them (although Onyx does include a case as a free accessory.

The Onyx BOOX Leaf2 measures 156 x 137 x 6mm (6.1″ x 5.4″ x 0.24″) and weighs 185 grams (6.5 ounces) if you opt for a black model. For some reason the white version is lighter, at 170 grams (6 ounces). Update: upon closer inspection, it looks like the black model has a display that sits flush with the bezels, while the screen on the white version is recessed.

The Onyx BOOX Leaf2 is available for $200 from B&H or the BOOX Shop.

This article was originally published October 31, 2022 and most recently updated December 3, 2022 to note availability at B&H (via The eBook Reader)

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7 replies on “Onyx BOOX Leaf2 is a 7 inch eReader with Android 11, page turn buttons and $200 price tag”

  1. Can someone explain how an Android 11 “ereader” differs from an ordinary Android 11? …200$

    1. The screen? That’s pretty much the only reason this is a product. If you don’t appreciate the screen’s quality or low power consumption, this isn’t the device for you.

    2. It’s like reading a book. Actually these days even sharper. Some of these are even scribes. But I use purely it for reading. If you are an avid reader, then it’s not a device for you. You can read on any phone or tablet. But the Poke 3 or the Kobo Clara or even the Kindle or Nook are quite simply fantastic for reading.

      I have owned Nooks and Kobo Clara. But the Poke 3, with its multi-app and frictionless access to books has got me back to reading a lot again.

    3. In addition to the high contrast, low power, sunlight readable display (with a slow screen refresh rate and limited colors – in this case black, white, and shades of gray), the user interface is usually heavily customized to play well with the ePaper display, and while you can sideload Android apps, most eReaders with Android don’t come with the Google Play Store installed. And some of those apps you can sideload won’t look very good on E Ink.

      So, as other people mentioned, the reason to buy this instead of an Android tablet is the screen. If you don’t care about ePaper, then you’re probably better off getting a device with an LCD or OLED display.

  2. up to what size microSD card can this device
    take? That’s important since audiobooks take up
    a lot of space (sometimes up to hundreds of MB).
    Can’t seem to find that info anywhere.

  3. The white one is lighter because it doesn’t have a flush glass on top. So it’s slightly ridged. I bought the black one because this is a heavily gesture based device and I don’t know how much friction there would be in slipping over the edge. I suspect a lot and it’s not like I can go to a store and check it out. So black it is.

    If someone can live without getting irritated, the advantage apart from the slightly lighter weight, is that the display will be crisper without a matt finished glass on top. Again, without looking at it, who can say whether it’s worth it.

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