The Onyx Boox i86 is only available in China and it should be hitting Europe and North America later this year. This eight inch e-reader features Google Android and users can install apps via Google Play.
The Onyx i86 HD features an eight inch IR touchscreen with a resolution of 1600 x 1200 with 250 PPI. It does not have a front light like most contemporary e-readers which helps keep the cost down. Underneath the hood is a 1 GHZ single core processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. There is compatibility for an Micro SD, so you can easily enhance it further up to 32 GB.
I think the two thing users will appreciate is the fact this reader can listen to audiobooks and music via the 3.5mm headphone jack and could even hook up wireless speakers via Bluetooth. The eight inch screen is also appealing because there is a large segment of users that demand more screen real estate.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve 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. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.