Manga and comics fans, rejoice! After years of getting black & white eReaders, the first commercial color eReaders are coming to market starting with Onyx Boox Poke2 Color eReader sold for $299 (but sadly sold out at the time of writing).
The eReader comes with a 6-inch, 1448 x 1072 E-Ink display that supports up to 4096 colors, and runs Android 9.0 on an octa-core processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage.
- SoC – Unnamed octa-core processor @ up to 2.0 GHz (possibly Snapdragon 625)
- System Memory – 2GB RAM
- Storage – 32GB eMMC flash
- Display – 6-inch 4096-color e-Ink display with 1448 x 1072 resolution (B&W: 300PPI, color: 100PPI) with finger touch support (e.g. stylus not supported), with 32-level adjustable color temperature (CTM)
- Connectivity – Dual-band 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 4 and Bluetooth 4.1
- USB – Micro USB OTG port
- Misc – Power Key
- Battery – 1,500 mAh charged through the Micro USB port
- Dimensions – 153×107×6.8mm
- Weight – 150 grams
The device relies on E-ink Kaleido technology to render up to 4096 colors, while some cheaper color e-paper displays can support up to 7 colors using E-ink “Advanced Color ePaper (ACeP)”. There’s a trade-off when reading content in color, however. While the display shows 300 pixels per inch when looking at black and white text/images, it goes down to around 100 pixels per inch in color mode.
Onyx does not mention typical battery life, but since e-Paper display only consumes power when the display is refreshed, the eReader should last for a few weeks on a charge. E-Paper displays are also easier on the eyes, designed to be read using ambient lighting, although an adjustable light is included to read books in darker environments.