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 are experiencing a renaissance due to the arrival of E Ink color readers and Amazon’s long-time adoption of styluses for their Kindle. Brands like Onyx are pushing the boundaries of what E Ink devices can do, like making readers that are actually Android devices. It seems the company isn’t bucking the status quo just yet and has launched its latest premium E Ink device, which also happens to be a large Android tablet that can stand up to other Android tablets. Except, of course, it has a more energy-efficient monochrome display.

Designer: ONYX

If the large 13.3-inch E Ink screen on the new Onyx BOOX Tab X has surprised you, you’re not paying attention to this fast-growing market. This tablet replaces the BOOX Max Lumi 2 as the company’s high-end offering, both of which come with this massive E Ink display. The device runs on an octa-core processor, has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, speakers, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, gyrosensor, and a large 6,300mAh battery, which is pretty standard for tablets these days. Of course, it’s primarily designed as an e-book reader and note-taking device, and its functionality and design are based on that.

Most e-book readers of the past lacked their own lightweight, but that has changed. But while some of the Onyx devices have adopted front lighting, the BOOX Tab X is backlit, which means that the light is directed towards you rather than across the surface of the screen. You can still adjust the cold and warm of those lights for your comfort, so it might not be such a big deal in the long run.

And unlike typical e-book readers, this extra-large tablet runs Android 11 rather than some custom operating system. Even better, it supports the Google Play Store, so you’ll never run out of apps. Sure you can watch videos or even play games to some extent, but that’s more of a side effect than a selling point. Onyx modifies the interface a lot to reflect the core experience they’re aiming for, and that’s a pretty 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 that allows you to write or even draw on the screen. Depending on where you buy it from, the package will also include a triple case to protect and sustain the device. While the sheer size of the BOOX Tab X is impressive, it’s probably doubtful that even E Ink fans will be aiming for it. Fortunately, Onyx also has the BOOX Tab Ultra 10.3-inch that we recently reviewed, which is a pretty good compromise between size, price, and usability.


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