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Onyx Boox Palma review - Palm tablet with e-ink display and camera

Smartphone lookalike. The Onyx Boox Palma looks like a cell phone but lacks essential functions such as mobile communications. So it's more of a very handy e-book reader with Android app support and even a small camera. Find out what you can do with the Palma in our test.
Onyx Boox Palma
Onyx Boox Palma
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 8 x 1.8 - 2 GHz, Kryo 260
Graphics adapter
Memory
6 GB 
Display
6.13 inch 2:1, 1648 x 824 pixel 301 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, E-Ink, Carta 1200, frontlight, glossy: yes
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 110 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: audio via USB-C, Card Reader: microSD up to 2 TByte, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: G-sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 159 x 80 ( = 0.31 x 6.26 x 3.15 in)
Battery
3950 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix LED flash
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, USB-C cable, card slot tool, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
170 g ( = 6 oz / 0.37 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
300 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Bewertung
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
79.8 %
01/2024
Onyx Boox Palma
SD 662, Adreno 610
170 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.13"1648x824
77.2 %
12/2023
Onyx Boox Page
SD 662, Adreno 610
195 g32 GB eMMC Flash7.00"1682x1264
75.7 %
12/2023
PocketBook InkPad Color 3
unknown, unknown
269 g32 GB eMMC Flash7.80"936x702
76.9 %
02/2022
Honor 50 Lite
SD 662, Adreno 610
192 g128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash6.67"2376x1080

Case and equipment - Woodchip look

At 6.13 inches, the Onyx Boox Palma has a similar screen diagonal to current smartphones. The e-ink screen is housed in a fairly simple plastic casing, the back has a pattern that is reminiscent of woodchip wallpaper and also feels like it. The back camera module protrudes a little and feels very angular when you run your finger over the edges.

The round sides make the smartphone-sized e-ink tablet very ergonomic to hold. The device is sturdily built and does not mind pressure, although it does creak slightly when twisted. At 170 grams, the Onyx Boox Palma is quite light and does not tire the arms even when held for long periods.

128 GB of mass storage and 6 GB of RAM are good features and significantly more than many larger e-readers. However, if you like listening to music, you will have to accept the fact that you can only connect headphones and speakers via the USB-C port or Bluetooth 5.0 - there is no dedicated 3.5 mm audio port.

The card slot does not accept SIM cards, only a microSD card, but this can be up to 2 TB in size. In our test with the Angelbird V60 reference card, the reader proved to be very fast with 56.2 MByte/s in the copy test. The device achieved even better read values in the CPDT benchmark. This means that you can confidently use a microSD card as a memory extension, as it won't slow you down too much.

Onyx Boox Palma
Onyx Boox Palma
Onyx Boox Palma
Onyx Boox Palma
Onyx Boox Palma

Size comparison

189 mm / 7.44 inch 134 mm / 5.28 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 269 g0.593 lbs161.8 mm / 6.37 inch 74.7 mm / 2.94 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 192 g0.4233 lbs159 mm / 6.26 inch 80 mm / 3.15 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 170 g0.3748 lbs156 mm / 6.14 inch 137 mm / 5.39 inch 6 mm / 0.2362 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Onyx Boox Palma
  (Angelbird V60)
56.2 MB/s
Onyx Boox Page
  (Angelbird V60)
34.6 MB/s -38%
Average of class Tablet
  (7.61 - 101.6, n=57, last 2 years)
31.3 MB/s -44%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Onyx Boox Page Adreno 610, SD 662, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø38.3 (28.9-51.1)
Onyx Boox Page Adreno 610, SD 662, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø73.2 (31.7-81.3)

Communication, software and operation - Android-App support

WiFi 5 is the fastest WiFi standard that the Onyx Boox Palma can handle. This means that the usual values of around 300 - 350 Mbit/s are possible. However, our test with the Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000 reference router shows that the transfer rates can sometimes slip to well below 300 MBit/s and are not quite as stable as with other devices.

Despite its smartphone-like form factor, the Onyx Boox Palma does not have a cellular modem, which means that mobile Internet access or phone calls via the mobile network are not possible.

The software is based on Android 11 and apps can also be easily downloaded and launched via the pre-installed Google Play Store. However, you should bear in mind that individual applications such as videos or fast-paced games make little sense on the slow-reacting, black and white e-ink display.

The touchscreen is precise to use, but you have to get used to the fact that the screen reacts a little slower to inputs than IPS or OLED screens. There is no fingerprint sensor, nor is there biometric face recognition, as there is no front camera.

The physical buttons are located on the left and right sides of the casing. They can be used to adjust the volume, scroll through books, or switch the system to standby. The left button can be assigned relatively freely; for example, you can use it to request a screen refresh if parts of the last image are still visible.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Honor 50 Lite
243 (119min - 266max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AX12
Honor 50 Lite
226 (180min - 260max) MBit/s
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Onyx Boox Page
358 (341min - 374max) MBit/s +7%
Onyx Boox Palma
336 (277min - 361max) MBit/s
PocketBook InkPad Color 3
56.4 MBit/s -83%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Onyx Boox Palma
311 (285min - 338max) MBit/s
Onyx Boox Page
288 (161min - 322max) MBit/s -7%
PocketBook InkPad Color 3
64.3 MBit/s -79%

Legend

 
Onyx Boox Palma Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Qualcomm Adreno 610, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Onyx Boox Page Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Qualcomm Adreno 610, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
PocketBook InkPad Color 3 unknown, unknown, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 50 Lite Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Qualcomm Adreno 610, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
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Onyx Boox Palma; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø311 (285-338)
Onyx Boox Palma; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø336 (277-361)

Cameras - For scanning documents

The manufacturer does not install a camera app on the Onyx Palma, only a text-scanning app. However, you can easily install a third-party camera app via the Google Play Store to be able to use the 16-megapixel lens on the back for taking pictures.

It turns out that pictures can be taken with the device if necessary: these are also reasonably well exposed, but only show a few details. In low light, a usable brightening is achieved, but the sharpness leaves a lot to be desired. The camera is good for scanning documents and documenting situations, but real photo enthusiasts will hardly be happy.

There is no front camera, so selfies can at best be taken using the rear camera, but then you have to make do without an image preview.

Image Comparison

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ColorChecker
6.6 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
8 ∆E
9 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
5 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Onyx Boox Palma: 6.9 ∆E min: 3.6 - max: 11.16 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.7 ∆E
54.7 ∆E
38.3 ∆E
35.6 ∆E
43.9 ∆E
62.6 ∆E
54.6 ∆E
33.2 ∆E
43.3 ∆E
26.1 ∆E
66.1 ∆E
65.3 ∆E
28.8 ∆E
48.7 ∆E
37 ∆E
77.2 ∆E
43 ∆E
43.6 ∆E
93.8 ∆E
71.1 ∆E
52.1 ∆E
36.6 ∆E
23.5 ∆E
13 ∆E
ColorChecker Onyx Boox Palma: 46.74 ∆E min: 12.99 - max: 93.8 ∆E

E-reading - Free choice thanks to app support

The pre-installed reading software is called Neo Reader. It offers extensive setting options and you can also use the volume buttons to turn pages, which is very practical.

From the sharpness of the display to the contrast and the fading of watermarks, the reading experience can be customized. There is also an optional text-to-speech function, which works very well, at least for English books. It doesn't exactly sound like a born reader, but it reproduces the text clearly; you can find even more pleasant-sounding solutions in the Play Store.

Speaking of the Play Store, you can of course also simply download and install your favorite reading software, such as Tolino or Kindle. They work without any problems on the Onyx Boox Palma. The pre-installed Onyx store only offers free books from open sources, at least in Europe.

Display - Bright lighting on the Onyx Boox Palma

Close-up display
Close-up display

The Onyx Boox Palma offers a 6.13-inch display in 2:1 format with a resolution of 1,648 x 824 pixels. The image on the relatively small display is therefore sufficiently sharp, and also very high-contrast thanks to the E-Ink technology, which does not need its own lighting as physical ink particles are positioned.

The display is called E-Ink Carta 1200 and offers slightly faster response times and more images per second, but is still hardly suitable for videos or fast games. It also only supports 16 shades of gray, which is perfectly adequate for text but leads to a visibly graded display of color nuances and less detail in images or videos.

For reading in the dark, the Onyx Boox Palma offers a backlight for the screen, which can become very bright for an e-ink tablet with up to 414 cd/m² in our test with the spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software.

As the image does not need to be refreshed once it has been set up, there is no flickering of the screen. A direct power source should also prevent flickering during illumination. However, the response times of at least half a second are also quite slow, meaning that inputs are only accepted with a delay.

430
cd/m²
381
cd/m²
398
cd/m²
411
cd/m²
395
cd/m²
388
cd/m²
414
cd/m²
383
cd/m²
401
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 430 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 400.1 cd/m² Minimum: 0.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 395 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Greyscale 11.6 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
Gamma: 1.324
Onyx Boox Palma
E-Ink, 1648x824, 6.13
Onyx Boox Page
E-Ink, 1682x1264, 7.00
PocketBook InkPad Color 3
E-Ink, 936x702, 7.80
Honor 50 Lite
TFT-LCD, 2376x1080, 6.67
Response Times
-59%
67%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
107.8 ?(66.9, 50.9)
120 ?(47, 73)
-11%
40 ?(18, 22)
63%
Response Time Black / White *
56.3 ?(35, 21.3)
116 ?(49, 67)
-106%
16.8 ?(5.2, 11.6)
70%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-44%
-57%
28%
Brightness middle
395
141
-64%
75
-81%
477
21%
Brightness
400
141
-65%
77
-81%
456
14%
Brightness Distribution
89
85
-4%
81
-9%
92
3%
Black Level *
0.41
Greyscale dE 2000 *
11.6
3.2
72%
Gamma
1.324 166%
2.14 103%
CCT
7360 88%
6525 100%
Contrast
1163
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.9
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-52% / -50%
-57% / -57%
48% / 41%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
56.3 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 35 ms rise
↘ 21.3 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 100 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
107.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 66.9 ms rise
↘ 50.9 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 100 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (33.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17942 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale

Performance, emissions and battery life - Good power and endurance

The somewhat older Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 is used as the SoC. It is usually sufficient for smooth system operation, but cannot achieve high scores overall in our benchmarks. You should therefore avoid very complex apps on the e-ink tablet, but if you just want to read your documents and e-books, the octa-core processor with up to 2 GHz provides enough power for a smooth experience.

The UFS 2.1 memory is fast enough to avoid excessively long waiting times and to process data transfers reasonably quickly. The difference will be particularly noticeable when compared to cheaper e-readers.

The Onyx Boox Palma only heats up to over 40 °C very occasionally under prolonged load. You can feel it at this one point, but it never feels uncomfortable. We also didn't notice any performance throttling in the 3DMark stress tests.

The speaker is located at the bottom edge, although there is also a cut-out above the screen like for earphones - no sound can be heard there. Nevertheless, the earpiece can also be used, for example for calls via Internet services such as Skype.

It is therefore a mono speaker for media sound, which can be reasonably loud at over 81 dB(A) at its peak. However, you shouldn't expect too many low mids or even bass frequencies, so the sound is somewhat treble-heavy, which is not so bad for the intelligibility of speech and vocals.

Nevertheless, if you want really good sound output, you should connect headphones or speakers via the USB-C port or Bluetooth. This works without any problems and brings significantly more fullness to the sound.

A 3,950 mAh battery is installed in the Onyx Boox Palma. This is a very good capacity for an e-ink tablet in this price range, and the compact device also achieves good values: with minimal backlighting, you can browse through documents and books for almost 21 hours before the tablet has to be plugged in. With 150 cd/m² brightness, it is still just under 15 hours.

The small e-ink tablet can be charged with a maximum of 10 watts, so it takes over 3 hours for the battery to be fully charged again.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Tablet
  (140 - 1892, n=67, last 2 years)
670 Points +118%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (275 - 316, n=13)
308 Points 0%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
307 Points
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
306 Points 0%
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
275 Points -10%
Multi-Core
Average of class Tablet
  (312 - 8524, n=67, last 2 years)
2377 Points +87%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (763 - 1453, n=13)
1299 Points +2%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1285 Points +1%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1273 Points
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
763 Points -40%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average of class Tablet
  (185 - 2107, n=43, last 2 years)
822 Points +149%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (330 - 333, n=2)
332 Points +1%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
330 Points
Multi-Core
Average of class Tablet
  (493 - 5652, n=43, last 2 years)
2308 Points +101%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1147 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (1111 - 1147, n=2)
1129 Points -2%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Tablet
  (3195 - 17267, n=65, last 2 years)
8736 Points +71%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
6052 Points +19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (3195 - 7554, n=6)
5608 Points +10%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
5095 Points
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
3195 Points -37%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Average of class Tablet
  (361 - 14235, n=50, last 2 years)
2040 Points +78%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (1106 - 1905, n=12)
1220 Points +6%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1164 Points +1%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1147 Points
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
1131 Points -1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Average of class Tablet
  (290 - 24605, n=50, last 2 years)
2153 Points +114%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1021 Points +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (974 - 1074, n=12)
1017 Points +1%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1006 Points
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
998 Points -1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Average of class Tablet
  (858 - 5751, n=50, last 2 years)
2794 Points +24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (2108 - 2513, n=12)
2368 Points +5%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
2280 Points +2%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
2245 Points
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
2113 Points -6%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Tablet
  (267 - 14235, n=59, last 2 years)
3250 Points +177%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1175 Points
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1153 Points -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (740 - 1197, n=12)
1135 Points -3%
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
740 Points -37%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Tablet
  (240 - 24605, n=59, last 2 years)
3863 Points +274%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1034 Points
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1025 Points -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (642 - 1081, n=12)
999 Points -3%
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
642 Points -38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Average of class Tablet
  (441 - 5751, n=59, last 2 years)
3247 Points +45%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
2246 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (1588 - 2534, n=12)
2240 Points 0%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
2053 Points -9%
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
1588 Points -29%
Wild Life Score
Average of class Tablet
  (286 - 7933, n=59, last 2 years)
1652 Points +323%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
391 Points
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
383 Points -2%
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
381 Points -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (369 - 391, n=11)
378 Points -3%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Average of class Tablet
  (289 - 25317, n=65, last 2 years)
2961 Points +705%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
382 Points +4%
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
376 Points +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (366 - 382, n=8)
370 Points +1%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
368 Points
Wild Life Extreme
Average of class Tablet
  (75 - 6919, n=65, last 2 years)
849 Points +665%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
111 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (102 - 111, n=5)
107 Points -4%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
106 Points -5%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average of class Tablet
  (72 - 6909, n=63, last 2 years)
900 Points +800%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
107 Points +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (100 - 107, n=4)
102.5 Points +3%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
100 Points
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Tablet
  (3 - 111, n=69, last 2 years)
21.3 fps +78%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
12 fps
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (4.8 - 15, n=13)
10.5 fps -12%
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
8.1 fps -32%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
7.1 fps -41%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Tablet
  (2.5 - 279, n=69, last 2 years)
36 fps +386%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
8.4 fps +14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (7.4 - 8.6, n=13)
8.27 fps +12%
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
7.8 fps +5%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
7.4 fps
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Tablet
  (1.9 - 97.3, n=69, last 2 years)
14.4 fps +92%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
7.5 fps
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (2.9 - 9.6, n=13)
6.43 fps -14%
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
4.8 fps -36%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
4.2 fps -44%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Tablet
  (0.9 - 90, n=69, last 2 years)
13.4 fps +436%
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
2.9 fps +16%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
2.8 fps +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (2.5 - 2.9, n=13)
2.78 fps +11%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
2.5 fps
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Tablet
  (0.4 - 48, n=67, last 2 years)
6.3 fps +473%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (1.1 - 1.2, n=3)
1.133 fps +3%
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
1.1 fps 0%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1.1 fps
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet
  (2672 - 74614, n=71, last 2 years)
23177 Points +127%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
10247 Points 0%
Onyx Boox Palma
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
10205 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  (8893 - 10247, n=14)
9495 Points -7%
Onyx Boox Page
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 3072
9440 Points -7%
PocketBook InkPad Color 3
unknown, unknown, 1024
2672 Points -74%
Onyx Boox PalmaOnyx Boox PageHonor 50 LiteAverage 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Tablet
AndroBench 3-5
-32%
15%
61%
129%
Sequential Read 256KB
509.8
277.1
-46%
492.5
-3%
Sequential Write 256KB
108.3
116.6
8%
184.6
70%
Random Read 4KB
136
65
-52%
129.7
-5%
152.9 ?(92.6 - 239, n=113)
12%
Random Write 4KB
121.1
75.4
-38%
117.7
-3%

Temperature

Max. Load
 34.8 °C
95 F
28.2 °C
83 F
28 °C
82 F
 
 36.6 °C
98 F
27.1 °C
81 F
29.1 °C
84 F
 
 36.2 °C
97 F
28.2 °C
83 F
28.4 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 36.6 °C = 98 F
Average: 30.7 °C = 87 F
26.9 °C
80 F
28.2 °C
83 F
36.4 °C
98 F
26.8 °C
80 F
28.8 °C
84 F
27 °C
81 F
27 °C
81 F
28.5 °C
83 F
40.8 °C
105 F
Maximum: 40.8 °C = 105 F
Average: 30 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.2 °C = 104 F | Room Temperature 20.5 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.7 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 30 °C / 86 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F, ranging from 20.7 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 40.8 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 33.3 °C / 92 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.2 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 30 °C / 86 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Back
Heatmap Back

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

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Onyx Boox Palma Adreno 610, SD 662, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø0.668 (0.638-0.682)
Honor 50 Lite Adreno 610, SD 662, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.7.2: Ø0.635 (0.621-0.65)
Onyx Boox Palma Adreno 610, SD 662, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø2.33 (2.32-2.34)
Onyx Boox Page Adreno 610, SD 662, 32 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø2.3 (2.28-2.3)
Honor 50 Lite Adreno 610, SD 662, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø2.3 (2.3-2.3)

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.236.92530.330.83124.126.34031.433.15037.335.86325.931.48019.526.510016.529.612513.726.616013.729.92009.232.22508.337.63156.745.1400752.15008.857.26308.362.18008.962.5100010.766.212508.765.216009.16520009.768.1250010.667.4315011.364.440001269.8500012.974.9630013.773800014.473.11000015.364.5125001663160001751.9SPL23.981.1N0.546.4median 10.7median 63Delta2.710.635.938.226.427.923.721.626.924.131.731.423.228.121.222.91825.513.930.816.140.211.746.212.249.79.349.69.155.59.264.19.768.610.671.810.976.711.976.71277.712.681.312.780.512.174.112.679.913.376.913.273.513.674.413.775.313.663.913.655.124.489.10.574.4median 12.6median 73.51.611.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseOnyx Boox PalmaHonor 50 Lite
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Onyx Boox Palma audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 62% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 31% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 23%, worst was 129%
Compared to all devices tested
» 63% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 31% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Honor 50 Lite audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 33.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.5% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 30% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 61% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 50% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Onyx Boox Palma
3950 mAh
894 min
Average of class Tablet
  (319 - 1764, n=68, last 2 years)
828 min -7%
Honor 50 Lite
4300 mAh
767 min -14%
Battery Runtime - Reader / Idle
Average of class Tablet
  (746 - 5003, n=52, last 2 years)
1934 min +54%
Onyx Boox Palma
3950 mAh
1257 min
Onyx Boox Page
2300 mAh
894 min
PocketBook InkPad Color 3
2900 mAh
944 min
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
20h 57min
WiFi Websurfing
14h 54min

Pros

+ handy design
+ Android-App support
+ bright display illumination
+ plenty of memory
+ fast microSD slot
+ long runtimes
+ freely assignable physical button

Cons

- sharp-edged camera module
- no biometric unlocking
- slow charging
- comparatively expensive

Verdict - Very compact e-reader with some qualities

In review: Onyx Boox Palma. Test device provided by:
In review: Onyx Boox Palma. Test device provided by:
KEX GmbH

The Onyx Boox Palma is an extraordinary e-reading tablet in a very handy format. You shouldn't expect a real smartphone with an e-ink display: it lacks mobile phone support. On the other hand, the display is very brightly lit, the casing heats up very little and the Android-based system makes it easy to install third-party apps.

The E-Ink tablet in smartphone format has plenty of memory, which can even be expanded using a microSD card if required. The physical buttons make scrolling easier and the fact that there is even a relatively freely assignable button is a nice bonus.

The manufacturer could have paid a little more attention to the casing: It is made of dull plastic and the angular camera module has unpleasantly sharp edges. Nevertheless, the Palma is quite light and sturdy. There is no charger in the box and the camera is more useful for scanning documents than for taking really good pictures. However, the manufacturer does not communicate otherwise.

The Onyx Boox Palma is a very handy e-reader in a cell phone format. The e-ink tablet offers Android app support, plenty of memory, and good performance values as well as a large battery.

For those who find the display a little too small for reading, Onyx Boox offers the Page - a 7-inch e-ink tablet with a slightly squarer format. For a similar price, the PocketBook InkPad Color 3 even has a color screen, but here you have to do without app support.

Price and availability

You can get the Onyx Boox Palma from our rental partner KEX Tech in the online shop for just under 300 euros. The item is also available on eBay, but it costs 310 euros there.

You'll have to spend a few more euros on amazon.de, where the Onyx Boox Palma is currently only available as an imported device from the USA.

Onyx Boox Palma - 01/24/2024 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
79 / 98 → 81%
Keyboard
64 / 80 → 79%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
34 / 70 → 48%
Weight
91 / 40-88 → 100%
Battery
91%
Display
85%
Games Performance
11 / 78 → 14%
Application Performance
41 / 92 → 45%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
54 / 91 → 59%
Camera
43 / 85 → 51%
Average
67%
80%
Tablet - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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> Expert Reviews and News on Laptops, Smartphones and Tech Innovations > Reviews > Onyx Boox Palma review - Palm tablet with e-ink display and camera
Florian Schmitt, 2024-01-26 (Update: 2024-01-26)