The new phone-sized Boox Palma ereader has turned up for sale on Best Buy’s website. So far they only have the black version listed, but it’s in stock and shipping. It’s good to see the Palma available from another reputable retailer; it’s always sold out on the B&H website, and Onyx still refuses to sell it from their Amazon store for some reason.
Unfortunately the price is still $279, which I feel is just too high for a small pocketable ereader, but the Palma seems to be pretty popular so not everyone is being deterred by the price.
I’ve been fasincated with the Boox Palma since it was announced. It has a 6.13″ E Ink screen, but it has a narrower ratio than standard 6″ ereaders so it’s quite a bit smaller and a lot more pocketable with its phone-shaped design.
Frankly, I think it’s overspecced for what it is, and that’s why the price is so high. It has 128GB of storage space, with 6GB of RAM and an octa-core CPU. It also has a microSD card slot, a 16MP rear camera, a rotation sensor, a frontlight with adjustable color temperature, and there’s WiFi and Bluetooth for connectivity (it looks like a phone but it’s not a phone).
I’m hoping Onyx will release a less expensive “Lite” version at some point.
That’s one thing about Onyx’s strategy of releasing new devices every 6 months that kind of backfires on them. I feel less pressure to buy their products when I know there’s likely going to be a newer version coming out in a few months. The Palma was released in September so they’ll probably release a newer version by April of 2024—Onyx’s refresh frequency is like no other company.
Some people probably think I’m exaggerating, but look at the Tab Ultra. They released the black and white model in November of 2022. Then the color version was released in April of 2023, and then that was replaced by the “Pro” version in October. Onyx released three versions of one device in less than one year. It’s about time for a Palma Lite to come out…