Most popular eBook readers have screen sizes of about 6 inches, give or take. That makes a Kindle, Kobo, or NOOK eReader about the same size as a paperback book.

But some material looks better on a big screen. There’s still a small market for Amazon’s discontinued 9.7 inch Kindle DX. And Sony sells a $999 Digital Paper System with a 13.3 inch E Ink display and support for pen input.

Now eReader maker Onyx is reportedly planning to launch a more consumer-friendly 13.3 inch eReader.

e ink mobius

According to Good eReader, the new device would use an E Ink Mobius display which is a 13.3 inch, 1200 x 1600 pixel display with 150 pixels per inch.

It’s also a flexible, plastic TFT display which displays 16 shades of grey, only uses power when the screen is being refreshed, and is easily visible outdoors using ambient light.

E Ink’s 13.3 inch screens cost a lot more than the company’s smaller displays… which means the Onyx eReader will likely be a lot more expensive than a typical Kindle device.

But even if it’s priced as high as $750, as Good eRedear suggests, it could be a lower-cost alternative to Sony Digital Paper for folks that want to read magazines, blueprints, PDF files, and other documents on a big, low-power, high-contrast display but who don’t necessarily need to jot handwritten notes on those documents.

The device will reportedly run Android 4.4 and support third-party eBook apps as well as software pre-loaded by Onyx.

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11 replies on “Report: Onyx 13.3 inch eReader coming this fall”

  1. I would love the Sony solution,,, IF it weren’t for the fact that it ONLY supports PDF. Yes, PDF’s might be the foxus, but that does not mean that they are all that could benefit from that screen AND from the pen input.

    $750 without pen input seems a bit pricy, especially at that resolution (if they had gone QHD/2K it would have been better).

  2. Cool — I wonder if this could also be used as a sunlight-readable monitor for various outdoor uses.

    1. I would be cool, and useful, to go outside on a sunny day and clip on this device in front of the regular laptop screen and have it mirror the desktop. No more squinting on sun glared glossy screen while typing!

      1. I agree that if it doubled as a screen it would be smashing (as long as the built-in screen on the laptop actually turns off to conserve power.

        1. you should be able to turn the monitor screen off manually (I can at least). I too want a e-ink screen that can double as a monitor. I think it is insane that technology has driven us to read from a direct light source.

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