The Onyx Boox Note S was a 9.7 inch e-reader that was used to make digital notes and do some light ebook reading. This unit came out in July 2018 and Onyx has confirmed with Good e-Reader that it is officially discontinued due to lacklustre sales.
The Onyx Boox Note S features a 9.7 inch E Ink Carta with a glass based display with a resolution of 1200×825 and has 150 PPI. The screen is completely flush with the bezel, which makes using the touchscreen or using th accompanied more intuitive than the 10.3 Note, which has a sunken screen. The Note S is employing a lower cost Hanvon Digitizer, instead of WACOM. This helps drive down the cost of the device, which was available for $389.
The Note S is using a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage and has no SD card to enhance storage further or offload apps. It has two speakers on the back, mic, USB C, 3000mAh battery, WIFI and Google Android 6.0. It has Bluetooth 4.1 and this provides a ton of flexibility. You can listen to audiobooks or music via wireless headphones or a portable speaker. You can hook up an external keyboard or a wireless mouse to get even more productive. Musicians can also hook up a foot pedal or other accessory to automatically turn the pages of sheet music.
I think the Note S was a victim of too many SKUS in the Onyx portfolio and it got lost in the shuffle. Most of the companies promotional efforts went into the MAX2, Note 10.3, Nova and Poke.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.