The Onyx BOOX Tab8 is a tablet with a 7.8 inch display, support for pressure-sensitive pen input, and an unspecified Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
What makes this new tablet different from most is that instead of an LCD or AMOLED screen, it has a black and white E Ink display. The Onyx BOOX Tab8 was announced this week for the Chinese market where it sells for CNY 2780 (about $410), but it will most likely find its way to other markets soon.
The tabet sports a 1872 x 1404 pixel greyscale display with 300 pixels per inch and a front light with support for adjustable color temperature, allowing you to reduce the amount of blue light shining on the screen at night.
The tablet comes with a pen that makes it possible to take notes, annotate documents, or draw pictures. The company says a “fast brush graphics chip” allows for smooth, low-latency pen input with a delay of just about 24.17 ms.
Other features include stereo speakers, a microphone, and support for real-time voice transcription for dictating notes instead of writing them. The tablet also has a 5,000 mAh battery, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, a USB Type-C port, and an operating system that’s based on Android 11.
The Onyx BOOX Tab8 measures 194 x 136.5 x 8.3mm (7.6″ x 5.4″ x 0.3″) and weighs 264 grams (9.3 ounces).
While the Onyx BOOX Tab8 is hardly the first digital writing table with an E Ink display and pen support, it’s a reasonably affordable model with a screen size that’s a bit larger than a typical Kindle or Kobo eReader while being more compact than big-screen models like the reMarkable 2 tablet (which makes it both more portable, and perhaps less useful for viewing documents designed for display on an A4 sheet of paper or other larger surfaces).