Boyue Technology is a company from China that makes a series of E-Readers with E Ink display, which go from 6.7 inches to 10.3 inches. Their latest such product is the Boyue Likebook Mars, that feels closer to a tablet rather than an E-reader. Let’s check it out.
Inside it there’s an octa core Rockchip RK3368 processor, a 64 bit CPU, which seems a bit too much for a device that’s basically just meant to read books, magazines, comic books and the works. A short presentation video also appeared showing quite a few third party apps installed on the machine. There’s OverDrive, Nook, Google Play Books, Amazon Kindle, Audible, Adobe Acrobat and FBReader.
The good news is that we also have Google Play Store installed, meaning we have access to a ton of apps and games, but I doubt you can enjoy all of them on such a monochrome display. There’s also the issue of the low screen refresh rate. The specs of the device include a 7.8 inch with a 1404 x 1872 pixel resolution, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage and a microSD card slot.
We’ve also got dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 and a 0.4 inch waistline. The OS of choice is Likebook OS, which is a tweaked version of Android, apparently. Expect a price close to the $199 of the Likebook Plus.