Amazon and Kobo both dazzled the world last week with the unveiling of the Kindle Paperwhite and the announcement of the Kobo Glo (I’m still not sure anyone has seen it yet), 2 new ereaders with high resolution screens and frontlights. But they’re not the only ones.
For some time now I’ve known that the Chinese ereader maker Onyx had been working on a new device. The Boox i62m is going to use the higher resolution HD E-ink screen (1024×768) from LG Display and add a touchscreen and frontlight on top. I even got my hands on an early demo video, though that one was shot in a dark room so it’s difficult to see much.
Today I can show you something better. A Russian blogger got their hands on the new Aurora and posted a video. I would really have loved to have shared this last week, but better late than never.
As you can see in the above video, the i62m Aurora is based on an existing Onyx ereader, the i62HD. It has the same general specs including an HD E-ink screen, touchscreen, Wifi, and broad format support. The i62 also makes full use of Onyx’s extensive annotation abilities, including scribbled notes in multiple colors and thicknesses, highlights, bookmarks, and more.
This ereader was why I faulted Sony for not offering better hardware on the PRS-T2, and it is also what I was secretly hoping we would see at the Amazon event last week. This is the next generation of ereaders, and I’ve been wanting to announce that it had hit the market for a month now. When I first saw it, I decided that this was the device I’d carry around at CES, just to have something no one else had, But no that the Kindle Paperwhite will be on the market next month and the Kobo Glo might be on the market by CES, all of a sudden the i62m isn’t as cool as it used to be.
The Boox i62m Aurora is expected to ship in late September, and while it likely won’t be carried by any US retailers, it will be available in Europe and Russia. I have one on pre-order with ereader-store.de, and I look forward to getting my hands on it. The retail hasn’t been disclosed, but I would expect it to cost around € 200, thus effectively pricing itself out of the market.
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