The Onyx Boox Universe is now available for most people to buy internationally via Amazon for $339. This new device has a giant 9.7 inch screen and uses Android 4.2 and has Google Play.
Onyx has been promoting the concept of an e-ink reader with the ability to install your own apps. Most of the offerings from Amazon, B&N or Kobo all have locked down versions which are heavily skinned. This prevents people from easily installing their own reading apps and become 100% reliant on the ecosystem you are using.
Display: 9.7″ E Ink Pearl
Resolution: 1200 x 825 (150 dpi)
Touchscreen: Digitizer with stylus
Operating System: Android 4.0 (comes with Google Play for installing apps)
Processor: Freescale i.MX 6 Cortex A9 1.0GHz
Battery: 1600mAh Polymer Li-on
4GB internal storage space
SD card slot for cards up to 32GB
3.5mm headphone jack
Text-to-speech: IVONA (pre-installed with Polish, English and German voices)
Dimensions: 243 x 178 x 12mm
Weight: 509 grams
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