Electronic ink is not only good for ebooks. As just demonstrated by Onyx, a company that has already launched to the market some eBook, the technology of electronic ink screens can also be used to give life to laptops. Let’s welcome the Onyx Boox Typewriter, a 2-in-1 that boasts up to 25 days of power-up after a single charge.
The Boox Typewriter has shown itself to the world during the 2017 Consumer Electronics Trade Show, a technological event being held these days in Hong Kong (China). This is a 2-in-1 laptop that can work both in a computer and tablet mode (thanks to its touch screen), and what makes it so special is that your screen works with the electronic ink technology, thing Which until now we had not seen in the world of computing beyond some other monitor in the form of prototype.
The Onyx convertible notebook is also a prototype (at least for now), and it is a device oriented especially towards the most demanding users in terms of autonomy. The Boox Typewriter incorporates a battery of 4,100 mAh, and the fact of having an electronic panel of ink allows that the autonomy at rest reaches up to 25 days. And, interestingly, it works with Android.
Although Onyx has not officially introduced this device worldwide, it has been specialized media such as the Italian website NotebookItalia.it which have had the opportunity to test in person this Boox Typewriter during the technological event that is being Celebrating in Hong Kong. According to the information they have collected from this medium, we could begin to see the first units of this mysterious computer at the beginning of 2018.
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The Onyx Boox Typewriter at the moment is a prototype, but its characteristics promise
9.7-inch E-ink touch screen with 1,200 x 825 pixel resolution
Processor with Cortex-A9 cores running at 1 GHz
1GB of RAM (DDR3L)
16 GB internal storage (expandable by microSD)
WiFi 802.11b / g / n, Bluetooth
4,100 mAh battery
Weight of 480 grams
The company says that with these 4,100 mAh of battery, the Boox Typewriter is capable of holding on up to 25 days at rest (and more than 12 days if the Bluetooth connectivity is left active). What the company does not specify is the autonomy in use of this convertible, whose figures will probably be much more humble.
Of course, this Onyx 2-in-1 convertible is also accompanied by some unresolved unknowns. For example: if it works with the Android operating system, why does your keyboard incorporate the Windows key? And if there is already a prototype ready, when will the final version be available in the market? And most important of all, how much will it cost?
In any case, if the features of this 2-in-1 convertible become reality one day, surely more than one user who accustoms to make purely office use of your laptop can start to consider buying one of these Onyx Boox Typewriter. At the moment there is no information on the availability of this model, but with its presentation maybe in the coming months some other manufacturer is encouraged to launch a similar alternative.