Onyx BOOX Tab X is an Android tablet with a huge E Ink screen

Onyx BOOX Tab X is an Android tablet with a huge E Ink screen

Despite the ubiquity of phones and tablets, e-book readers are still going strong. In fact, they’re enjoying a renaissance thanks to the introduction of colored e-ink readers and the long-overdue introduction of pens for Amazon’s Kindle. Brands like Onyx are pushing the boundaries of what e-ink devices can do, like handing out readers that are actually Android devices. It seems the company isn’t done challenging the status quo, and has just launched its latest premium e-ink device, which also happens to be a large Android tablet that actually comes bundled with other Android tablets can keep up. Except, of course, that it has a more energy-efficient monochrome display.

Designer: ONYX

If the new Onyx BOOX Tab X’s large 13.3-inch E Ink screen shocks you, then you haven’t been paying attention to this fast-growing market. This tablet actually replaces the BOOX Max Lumi 2 as the company’s higher-end offering, both of which come with that gigantic E Ink display. The device runs on an octa-core processor, has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, speakers, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a gyro sensor and a large 6,300mAh battery, which is pretty standard for tablets these days. Of course, it’s primarily designed as an eBook reader and note-taking device, and its functionality and design revolve around that.

Most eBook readers of the past didn’t have their own light, but that has changed. But while some Onyx devices are front-lit, the BOOX Tab X is back-lit, meaning the light is aimed at you rather than across the surface of the screen. You can still adjust the cold and heat of these lights to suit your comfort level, so it might not be such a big deal in the long run.

And unlike typical eBook readers, this extra-large tablet runs Android 11, not some custom operating system. Even better, it actually supports the Google Play Store, so you won’t be short of apps. You can definitely watch videos or even play games to an extent, but that’s more of a perk than a selling feature. Onyx heavily modifies the UI to reflect the core experience they are aiming for and it’s a fairly streamlined and efficient UI.

While the Onyx BOOX Tab X is big on size and features, it’s also big on price, starting at $879.99. Fortunately, that price includes the stylus, which you can use to write or even draw on the screen. Depending on where you buy it, the package also includes a tri-fold case to protect and support the device. While the sheer size of the BOOX Tab X is pretty amazing, it’s probably debatable if it’ll be something even e-ink fans will be drawn to. Luckily, Onyx also has the 10.3-inch BOOX Tab Ultra that we recently reviewed, which is a pretty good compromise between size, price, and ease of use.


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