New 13.3″ Onyx Boox Max3 has Octa-Core CPU, Runs Android 9.0


Onyx Max3

Onyx has just revealed a new 13.3-inch ereader, notepad, and E Ink monitor called the Onyx Boox Max3.

They updated the design so that it’s similar to the Onyx Boox Note and Nova, except it’s available in white instead of black.

They also added a fingerprint sensor to the Max3, and it supports USB OTG for external storage devices, memory cards, keyboards and such.

Among the biggest changes, it has a new Qualcomm octa-core 2GHz processor under the hood, and they’ve updated the software from Android 6.0 to Android 9.0.

Onyx says they plan to bring the Android 9.0 update to other models too, including the Max2, Nova and Note models, but that remains to be seen (Onyx has failed to deliver on similar promises in the past).

The Onyx Max3 has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage space, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 4300 mAh battery. It has a USB-C port and a micro HDMI port for the monitor feature, along with dual speakers and dual mics. It has a capacitive touchscreen and comes with a stylus for writing on the screen.

It has the same 13.3-inch E Ink screen with 207 ppi as previous Max models, but the Max3 has a flush front screen, not glass. Onyx says it has a PMMA-based screen that is shatterproof and supposedly provides more friction than glass to help make the writing experience feel more paperlike and natural.

The Max3 still lacks a frontlight. Knowing Onyx they’ll probably release a Max3 Pro with a frontlight in 6 months, or maybe the screen is just too big for frontlights to work well.

The price of the Onyx Boox Max3 is $859.

Update: The Onyx Max3 is now available from the official Onyx Amazon store and it’s shipping now.

Onyx Boox Max3 Promo Video

9 Responses to “New 13.3″ Onyx Boox Max3 has Octa-Core CPU, Runs Android 9.0”

  1. Which is the model/serie of the cpu from qualcomm?

  2. Thabk you for the update
    – any info of new note or nova
    – is this screen similar to supernote or remarkable?
    I am still waiting for Onyx to have microsd support, but this device looks tempting.

    • Since it supports USB OTG you could connect a microSD card with an adapter. Not exactly elegant but it would work. They haven’t said anything about other newer devices. The Note and Nova are supposed to get the Android 9.0 software update, and I doubt it would be worth it to make new models just to change the CPU. The quad-core they’re currently using is more than adequate; it’s faster than the Likebook’s octa-core.

  3. @HJOR the website for the Onyx Boox Max3 doesn’t say what processor but if it is a true 8 core at 2GHz there is only the Snapdragon 625, or a new SoC that hasn’t been released yet.

  4. No front light? Pass… This is, for the moment, the only missing feature for Boox Max2. I am even thinking to sell it and obtain 10″ with front light.

    • To the best of my knowledge, it’s not possible with current tech to have homogeneous frontlight illumination on a 13.3 inch e-ink display without major functional drawbacks. It’s a technological limitation, not an omission from Onyx’s part.

      • I just received the new Dasung Paperlike HD-FT which has a frontlight on it’s 13.3″ screen. It does an excellent job and I see no drawbacks nor any inconsistent lighting. It is impressive!

  5. Why is it still THAT laggy? I’m not about “ink” lag. Is it unreal to put a “normal” android on that big “books”?