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What is the difference between the Boox Note 5 and the Note Air 2?

The Boox Note Air 2 Series (Note Air 2 and Note Air 2 Plus) and the Boox Note 5 are very similar E-ink tablets. But there are a few subtle differences that I wanted to discuss so that anyone torn between buying one or the other of these devices can make an informed choice.

First, the Note 5 has an in-built fingerprint reader that is not present on the Note Air 2. In contrast, the Note Air 2 has a G-sensor, which the Note 5 does not – this means that when you rotate the Note Air 2, the screen auto-rotates.

The Note 5 has a plastic Mobius backplane, whereas the Note Air 2 Plus is glass. This means that the Note 5 is more flexible and less likely to shatter if dropped.

The Note 5 is 19mm taller than the Note Air 2, but the width is 19mm less.

The Note 5 weighs 385g, whilst the Note Air 2 weighs 420g, so the Note 5 is a bit lighter. The Note Air 2 Plus is even heavier at 445g.

The Note 5 and Note Air 2 both have 3000mAh batteries, however, the Note Air 2 Plus has a 3700mAh battery explaining its extra weight (the differences between the Note Air 2 and the Note Air 2 Plus are explained here).

Perhaps the most notable difference between these devices is the price. At the time of writing, the Note Air 2 and Note Air 2 Plus both retail at $499.99, but the Note 5 costs $549.99 – a full $50 more!

I’ve summarised the differences in the table below:

SpecsNote 5Note Air 2 (Plus)
Height249mm230mm
Width176mm195mm
Weight385g420g (445g)
Screen PlasticGlass
Battery3000mAh3000mAh (3700mAh)
G-SensorNoYes
Fingerprint readerYesNo
Price$549.99$499.99
The differences between the Boox Note 5 and the Boox Note Air 2 (Plus)

Boox Note Air 2 Plus Vs Boox Note 5

PRODUCTBOOX NOTE AIR 2 +BOOX NOTE 5
Specs & ratings infoONYX BOOX NOTE AIR 2 PLUSONYX BOOX NOTE 5
Okay
My Rating
Price (approx)$450
$550
Limited availability
ManufacturerOnyx BooxOnyx Boox
Release year20212021
SCREENBOOX NOTE AIR 2 +BOOX NOTE 5
Screen typeCarta HDMobius Carta 1000
Screen size10.3"10.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 x 18721404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)227dpi227dpi
Colour⨯⨯
Screen resolution (Colour)n/an/a
Screen density (Colour)n/an/a
Frontlightβœ“βœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“βœ“
Buy
HARDWAREBOOX NOTE AIR 2 +BOOX NOTE 5
CPU1.8 GHz octa-core1.8 GHz octa-core
RAM4Gb4Gb
Storage64Gb64Gb
Battery3700mAh3000mAh
Super Refresh⨯⨯
Keyboard folio⨯⨯
Speakersβœ“βœ“
Microphoneβœ“βœ“
G-Sensorβœ“β¨―
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetoothβœ“βœ“
Fingerprint scannerβ¨―βœ“
SD card slot⨯⨯
Rear camera⨯⨯
Front camera⨯⨯
Waterproof⨯⨯
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width195.4mm176mm
Height229.4mm249mm
Thickness5.8mm5.8mm
Weight445g385g
Buy
SOFTWAREBOOX NOTE AIR 2 +BOOX NOTE 5
Operating systemAndroid 11Android 11
Google Play Storeβœ“βœ“
Kindle supportβœ“βœ“
Handwriting searchβœ“βœ“
Handwriting conversionβœ“βœ“
Insert shapesβœ“βœ“
Insert imagesβœ“βœ“
Split screenβœ“βœ“
Custom templatesβœ“βœ“
No. templates45+45+
Brush typesFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, MarkerFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, Marker
Screen shareβœ“βœ“
ADE support⨯⨯
File formatsPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIPPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIP
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMPPNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP
File formats (Audio)WAV, MP3WAV, MP3
Buy
BUYBOOX NOTE AIR 2 +BOOX NOTE 5
Where to buyBoox Euro Shop
Boox Shop
Amazon BE
Amazon DE
Amazon FR
Amazon PL
Amazon UK
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
Boox Shop
Amazon IT
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTBOOX NOTE AIR 2 +BOOX NOTE 5

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Dan Dutton is passionate about E-ink writing tablets, which bring together the pleasure of writing on paper with the power of digital technology. When he bought his first tablet, he realised that there wasn't a lot of unbiased information available for people that were considering buying an E-ink tablet, and so he built eWritable.

2 thoughts on “What is the difference between the Boox Note 5 and the Note Air 2?”

  1. Thank you for this helpful comparison.
    I think that the prices in the table should be the other way or the paragraph about cost should be corrected.

    Reply
    • Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Ofer.

      Yes, you’re right, I’d put the prices in the wrong columns on the table. I’ve switched them over now.

      Thanks again πŸ™‚

      Dan

      Reply

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