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Will Boox Release a Tab X C (13.3″ Colour E-ink Tablet)?

Just lately, I’ve been getting more and more emails from readers asking me if I have any insider knowledge of whether Boox will be releasing a Tab X C – a colour version of their 13.3″ Tab X e-ink tablet.

Following the third email this week with this question, I felt it would be helpful to write my thoughts here on the eWritable blog. This way, I can simply link my reply to this article rather than having to write individual responses.

TL;DR: I don’t know

Do I have insider knowledge from Boox?

The short answer to this is “No, I don’t”.

Whilst Boox has provided me with advance knowledge of their products in the past, this has not been the case since Spring 2023 (following the release of the Palma). I’m not sure of the reason for this (in all honesty, I haven’t followed it up with them, so perhaps they just forgot about me).

But this does give me a certain freedom to speculate that I would not have if Boox were providing me with additional information outside of the public domain – for this sort of relationship, you have to sign an Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) and there is an embargo on when you are allowed to release reviews and information.

The upshot is that everything written in this post is pure speculation on my part and not backed up by any concrete information. So you should really “take my ramblings with a pinch of salt“. However, it is backed up on my experience with Boox products (and product launches) over the years, and information I have found in the public domain.

Is it possible to build a 13.3″ Kaleido 3 tablet?

I’ve read some people saying that a 13.3″ Kaleido 3 screen is not possible because it requires 300dpi, which E-Ink Corp does not manufacture. However, on their website, they state:

The E Ink Kaleido 3 module is available in various panel sizes, including 7.8-inch, 10.3-inch, and 13.3-inch. Kaleido 3 features a black and white resolution of 300ppi, and a color resolution of 150ppi, which is an improvement over Kaleido Plus’s color resolution of 100ppi. 

https://www.eink.com/brand/detail/Kaleido3

So, it seems that the technology is available – however, I’m happy to be corrected if anybody understands these technical capabilities better than I 🙂

Is it likely that Boox will build a Tab X C?

A colour 13.3″ e-ink tablet is something that a lot of people desire, however, the cost of these larger panels does push it outside of the budgets of many potential users.

So, although there is a market, it is a smaller segment than that of 10.3″ devices. Still large enough to warrant a production run, but it is never going to be Boox’s priority.

So, I think Boox will announce a 13.3″ colour tablet sometime in the short- to mid-term, I just don’t know when.

They tend to release a new 13.3″ tablet every 13 months or so. The Tab X was launched in January 2023, so their next 13.3″ release is likely to be within the first few months of 2024.

Having said that, it is also possible that Boox might not be ready for 13.3″ colour yet, and so may release an upgraded 13.3″ monochrome tablet (e.g. the Tab X Pro) as their yearly large-screened device instead. Although, I’m not exactly sure what they could add to the current Tab X to warrant a new product release – perhaps Android 12, SD Card Slot and improved CPU/Memory, like they did with the Boox Tab Ultra C Pro.

Summary

In summary, I don’t have insider information (and wouldn’t be able to share it if I did) so, this is all speculation, but I expect Boox to release a new 13.3″ tablet in early 2024, in line with their previous release schedule for this class of e-ink tablet.

I’m hopeful that it will be a colour tablet (Tab X C), but I also acknowledge the possibility that it could be a slightly improved monochrome tablet (Tab X Pro) instead.

What do you think? Do you agree or am I talking bollocks?

Please feel free to add your comments and insights below.

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4 thoughts on “Will Boox Release a Tab X C (13.3″ Colour E-ink Tablet)?”

  1. What you say makes sense. I have done a little research on the public domain to see what Boox has been releasing and when. I have considered the cost increase from the monochrome devices to the coloured ones. I could see how a Tab X Pro could be useful, considering one of your other reviews how you found the Air Note 3 C, while it could be used in your productions line, felt more like a tablet and left one without the sense of “unplugging”.

    For me I am looking for something to hook into my laptop as a monitor, and then detach for other work. Different use case, so a coloured tablet sounds like a good idea for me.

    There might be precedence for a colour 13.3 inch, it just depends on how they wish to “juice” it up. Personally, between the various reviews on the differences and use cases between then Note Air 3 C and the Ultra Tab C Pro, the first was more flexible and “upgradeable” (via bluetooth keyboard), it was better than the Ultra Tab C and being roughly 200 USD less than it and its predecessor. Where as the second had an expensive camera and keyboard, things that for the average user are overkill. Note Air 3C seems to stand out as the actual winner here.

    Thus in comparison, I think it would depend on whether they decide to make a sort of “Note” Tab X C (Tab X C without extras) or a “Ultra” Tab X C/Pro (including a camera or two, and a bigger keyboard and beefier hardware, and more storage). The first one might be more affordable, for an e ink, and the second something to put on the pedestal but perhaps never purchase unless you are rich, desperate, or craving attention (or rich desperate for attention).

    Also of note is that Dangsung and Bigme seem to be competing for the World’s First Evaar of colour e ink this and that. This might help create the market for a Boox coloured 13 inch screen for the 2024 market. While these smaller companies are creating a commotion, getting exposure, building a market, and even gaining bragging rights, they are doing all the public work for Boox, who then only needs but produce a better machine for a now stronger market.

    So while the price of a coloured 13.3 inch would be greater than that of a monochrome one, depending on the success of the afore said companies, and depending on how “supped” up the boox product would be, it seems that the 2024 market could be ready for a 13 inch e ink tablet from Boox. If not, then 2025 would most likely be.

    That’s my two cents, or three, or four…

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      • I know this is resurrecting an older thread, but your newsfeed on Jeff Moss made me do it…

        He proposed that this year will be one of incremental changes, the filling in the gaps, rather than a year of astounding innovation. With this in mind he noted that E-Ink’s greatest focus was on colour- being a whole page of a 5 page goal oriented document.

        Jeff speculated that with this in mind, with the gaps needing to be filled (and I think he may have made mention of the larger coloured monitors making their splash-but still needing to arrive for review), and with boox’s tendency to release a whole new line up of devices for all sizes each year, it would not be surprising that colour would be in the works.

        But with the new Carta 1300, I wonder how this might change the game some? Boox could simply refresh all its devices on this alone- with the caveat that only kindle, and perhaps another has access to it right now. This might push the device refresh up to 2025, which still allows a Tab X c to manifest in 2024. But the Tab X Carta (not colour) will likely be close at it’s heels, pushing the 13 inch tablet colour update, i.e. with Carta 1300 if a colour comes out this year, to 2026 if not later. But all this is mere speculation.

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        • You may well be right about this. I’m speculating that there will be a release of a 13.3″ device from Boox in Jan/Feb 2024 but I could well be wrong – I’m holding onto the money I have put aside to buy the Note AIr3 (monochrome) just in case I need it for the Tab XC or Tab X Pro or whatever comes along. I probably won’t wait past the beginning of Feb though.

          And I agree with Jeff that there won’t be all that much innovation on the hardware side of things. Supernote may release a type folio like the remarkable and the ascension of more devices with colour/carta 1300. However, I have to ask myself if this is something that will make a whole lot of difference. These very slight changes seem to be simply a way to push products by offering essentially ‘more of the same’. I think that the manufacturers that do well this year will be those that focus on innovating their software. A focused/minimalist tablet that does the basics of reading/writing but with a exceedingly innovative and powerful software (concentrating on UI/UX) would be really cool – perhaps some sort of hybrid between rm and supernote. Supernote will be introducing a Linux version of their os, so someone may build something really awesome on top of that.

          Anyway, I’m waffling now (and perhaps haven’t thought through anything I’ve said properly lol) but I do think software innovation will trump hardware this year.

          Dan

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