Earlier this month some rumors started surfacing about a new Onyx Boox Max with a higher resolution screen coming out soon, along with a Max 2 later in the year with some hardware upgrades.
Things must be moving along smoothly because one of Onyx’s authorized resellers, eReader-Store.de, has started taking pre-orders for the Onyx Boox Max Carta.
It’s expected to start shipping on April 20th, so that’s just a few weeks away.
The price is 669 euros (about $720 USD), 796 euros with taxes included (where applicable).
That’s about $40 more than the 1st gen Onyx Max is selling for from Banggood right now so it’s not a huge difference.
The new Onyx Boox Max Carta appears to be the same as the original Max, except it comes with a higher-resolution Carta screen that also has better contrast than the Mobius screens used on the original.
The Carta is still plastic-based like the Mobius so that it’s very lightweight and durable, which is more important with a large 13.3-inch screen than a typical 6-inch screen.
The Max Carta has a screen resolution of 2200 x 1650. That’s up from 1600 x 1200 on the 1st gen Max. That bumps the ppi up to 207 from 150—a considerable improvement.
The other specs are the same as the original Max. It comes with 16GB of storage space, there’s a memory card slot, it has Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi, there’s a stylus for taking notes, it supports audio and TTS, and it runs Android 4.4 and can install various Android apps.
If a hardware improvement is expected soon, I think this will be a faliure: How can manage an old hardware a screen with double resolution?
Waiting for touchscreen to buy one
Rob Fargher says
No self lighting.
Nope, none of the 13-inch models have lights. Probably too hard to get even frontlighting on a screen that large.
When onyx starts to buy it? And where?. Because they told you since 2017 april 20, and today 25. I was look for it. And only in bangood (only first version), onix International (max 1st gen), and german ereader store ( 1st and 2nd not avaible). 10,3″: Not avaible, yet. And n96 it’s avaible. Thank you.
Today is on sale at banggood with a disfount
Thanks for the tip!
Android 4.4 is wrong – I got my device today. It came with Android 4.0.4 and there is no working upgrade to 4.4 – not even as a beta (confirmed by Onyx) – so i don’t know where you have this info from.
Click the link and you’ll see that the reseller referenced in the article offers Android 4.4 on their Onyx ereaders, but yeah normally they still come with Android 4.0.4.
This device may be a good option to read sheet music, but the lack of self lighting & the too expensive price is a real limitating barrier.