Announcement. Onyx Boox Leaf - 7-inch e-ink leaf

In the current range of Onyx there are readers withsix-inch screens and almost eight-inch screens. It looks like marketers have decided that a gap of two inches is unforgivable and should be halved. This is how the Onyx Boox Leaf reader was born. (leaf is a leaf in English).

Once upon a time, Onyx already released devices with similar diagonals. But, if I'm not mistaken, the last was the third Klepa back in 2017.

If we digress from the dimensions, then in front of usa completely classic e-book with a touch screen, but without the support of newfangled stylus. That is, its main meaning is reading and reading only, with an emphasis on ordinary fiction, and not on something technical, not on pdf files, etc.

Screen. Electronic ink E-Ink Carta Plus.The diagonal is exactly 7 ″. The resolution is 1264 × 1680, which gives exactly 300 dpi. (A screen with very similar characteristics is used by Kobo in its new Libra 2 reader). There is a backlight with color temperature control. Protective glass from Asahi. The screen is touch-sensitive and it is the sensor that you will use to control the device. There are no navigation keys and / or buttons for paging.

However, a curious moment.One of the long side faces has specific contacts. We have already seen similar ones several times. In particular, in the Onyx Boox Volta 3. There they were designed to connect the included “smart cover” with buttons for paging (“Side Control” technology). In the case of the Onyx Boox Leaf, there is no such case in the kit. But, most likely, it will be possible to purchase it separately and click the buttons for your pleasure.

Iron filling.Traditionally, Onyxes do not report what kind of hardware they use in their readers. Judging by indirect indications (the frequency of the processor cores is 1.8 GHz and the tenth Android), in the case of the Leaf, the platform is used not of the last, but of the penultimate generation. Those. the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset. It is more modest than the Snapdragon 662 used in the latest Onyx devices, but it is quite enough for “read and only read”.

No, though.Why just read? The Onyx Boox Leaf has a speaker. And via Bluetooth, you can connect speakers or headphones. And listen as much as you like. However, in order to listen, such hardware is also more than enough. And besides, why use a reader for listening? Someone else doesn't have a smartphone?

Memory. 2 GB of operational, 32 GB of constant. A lot of books will fit. So you don't have to worry about the fact that memory cards are not supported.

The battery is rather modest, only 2000 mAh. But e-ink readers are specific devices. They don't need a lot of electricity.

What else. Wi-Fi dual band. USB modern, Type-C. Installing third-party applications is possible, but what's the point?

I would also like to note the dimensions and weight. Only 170 grams and 6 mm thick. But, the truth is, this is without a cover. As practice shows, using the reader without a cover is more expensive.

I don't see any information about the cost yet.

Key features of Onyx Boox Leaf:

Grayscale screen, E-Ink, 7 ″, 1264 × 1680, 300 ppi, 16 colors, touch, capacitive, multitouch, backlight, Carta Plus, Asahi Glass, Moon Light 2
Iron? Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
1.8 GHz, 8 x Kryo 260, Adreno 509
Memory RAM 2 GB, ROM 32 GB, no memory card
Battery Li-Pol, 2000 mAh
Dimensions165.6 x 130.8 x 5.95 mm
Weight170 g
OS Android 10
USBType-C v2.0, USB-OTG

George Kiselyov