7.8″ Onyx Boox Nova and Nova Plus Details Revealed

Onyx Boox Nova

Onyx is getting ready to release a new 7.8-inch ebook reader called the Onyx Boox Nova. It turns out there will be two different versions of it.

The regular Nova has a frontlight and a capacitive touchscreen and the Nova Plus lacks the frontlight but it adds a Wacom touchscreen and stylus pen for writing notes directly on the screen like the larger Onyx Boox Note.

Aside from the Wacom touchscreen and frontlight, all the other specs are the same between the two, but the Nova Plus is expected to get released at a later date.

A video preview of the Boox Nova recently turned up on YouTube, but it didn’t reveal many details about the device.

Onyx recently updated their product page for the Boox Nova with a complete list of specs.

The page also reveals a new user interface that is designed to be simpler and more intuitive. I’d expect it to get rolled out to Onyx’s other Android 6.0 ereaders as well.

There’s no word yet on what the US price will be but I’d expect it to be about the same as the new Kobo Forma and Likebook Mars, so in the $240-$280 range.

Onyx Boox Nova Specs

  • 7.8″ HD E Ink Carta Screen
  • 1872 x 1404 resolution (300 ppi)
  • Capacitive touch
  • Wacom touch optional
  • Cortex-A17 1.6GHz quad-core processor
  • 32GB EMMC storage
  • Frontlight with warm and cold color
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Android 6.0 software
  • Formats supported: PDF, EPUB , TXT, DJVU, HTML, RTF, FB2, DOC, MOBI, CHM, and others.
  • USB-C port
  • Battery 2800mAh Li-Polymer
  • Dimensions:196.3 x 137 x 7.7mm
  • Weight:240 grams

13 Responses to “7.8″ Onyx Boox Nova and Nova Plus Details Revealed”

  1. Ebooks used low power chips.
    No reason to have anything higher than an 800mhz cpu on a screen like that.
    Too much battery wasted.
    Better equip with solid state battery.

    • Thats not my opinion. I am eager to get this device because I need a tablet with eInk, and this eReader is exactly what I am expecting… If the firmware isnt a mess

  2. Kindles suck. I’ve had 5. 1 black keyboard 2 silvers and 2 fires. One silver and 1 Fire were replaced.

    Can anyone tell me if the kindle app will be discontinued and will have to buy a kindle? I heard that you will have to buy one.

  3. Why can’t we have a front light and a wacom screen for notes? Only reason I haven’t bought one of this year’s Boox variants is because of this! Surely I can’t be the only person who needs this?! 😁

  4. Does it have Google Play?
    MoonReader use google Drive to sincornize…

  5. Nathan can you show the onyx running overdrive app and Libby? I heard some dreamers crash on these apps and with some libraries this is a huge source to legally read without the Calibre sidestepping.

    • It’s unlikely to be any different than the Onyx Note since they run the same software. Libby doesn’t work and the OverDrive fonts are too thin and faded on E Ink for my taste. The Kindle app works well for library books and the bold Amazon ember font looks pretty good on E Ink. Of course if you’re outside the US that doesn’t help at all.

  6. Thanks that’s a real shame due to Libby/overdrive are such as vast resource in states that properly fund their libraries with books and zines.

    So much It’s a good selling point with Kobo 😉
    When this one comes in I am wondering if I could override overdrives font 🙂 🙂

    • Now that I think about it Onyx’s devices do support Adobe DRM with the built-in app so that should work for library books. I’m not sure about downloading them wirelessly, however. Does the OverDrive app download ePubs or something else? Having to use ADE is a real pain.

  7. Overdrive usually downloads the file through a browser then authentication through adobe drm with the app. Libby downloads and opens in the app itself… my public library has over 71,000 fiction titles and they will add almost anything and they have new releases. So you can see why would I bother with kindle unlimited or Kobo purchases or doing the download then de drm with Calibre. The appeal of Android 6 running directly from my library would be a dream