Boox Nova 2: Onyx builds Android tablet with e-paper screen and pen

The manufacturer Onyx has presented an unusual tablet: The Boox Nova 2 has a 7.8-inch touchscreen e-paper display that is typically used with e-book readers. However, the device can be called a tablet because it runs on Android 9.0 and uses an ARM processor with eight cores. Also 3 GB of RAM are unusually large for a pure e-reader. The mass storage is 32 GB.

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The processor’s eight cores are clocked at 2 GHz and should therefore extend beyond the display of documents. With a pen digitizer including pressure-sensitive stylus in the display with a resolution of 1,872 x 1,404 pixels, it can also be used as a notepad. This is reminiscent of other products like the one just launched Remarkable 2.

The Nova 2 uses Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.1 and can be expanded with additional memory using a micro SD card slot. The slot can also be useful for transferring documents, images or sketches. In addition, LED lighting is built into the panel, which users can switch on in poor ambient light.

Battery quite small

The device’s battery is rated at 3,150 mAh, which is not a lot for a tablet. The e-paper display could, however, significantly improve the runtime, since it only requires power when the pixels change. However, the panel only shows grayscale and can only render liquid animations in videos and games very poorly. Therefore, the device, like the Remarkable 2, can be viewed more as a notepad and e-book reader.

Onyx plans to sell its tablet from March 26, 2020 – despite current delivery problems due to the spread of the corona virus. It costs $ 340, making it cheaper than the remarkable competitor. The powerful hardware could shorten the battery life.

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