E-Ink Reader Performance Competition─Let’s see which one is the fastest and has the best battery performance!

Today we are not introducing E-Ink products, but instead we are going to have a performance competition of e-readers. As we all know, readers focus on eye protection rather than performance, and refreshing is indeed a weakness of E-Ink technology. But as the store owner JC said in a series of review videos, if the hardware configuration of the e-reader is too weak (mainly processor and RAM, etc.), it will really affect the user experience, especially if it is an open system and uses third-party APPs. Case.

There were 13 contestants in this competition (all the open readers the shop owner had on hand also appeared!), and 10 were finally on the list. The test method is to install the two apps "AnTuTu Review" and "AnTuTu Review 3D Lite" on the device to conduct a complete benchmarking process ( version v10.0.9-OB9 ), and then the results of the four items will be obtained. Score*, added together, is the total score. The higher the score, the more powerful the device is. Please see the table below for the results:

Notes and analysis:
1. Since the scores of different versions in AnTuTu’s evaluation will vary, although JC has done benchmarking for many old Boox models in the past, it is not the latest version of AnTuTu, so it will not be included in this competition;

2. The running scores are for reference only, because these scores do not show the advantages of the Boox Tab series equipped with exclusive GPU. You will see that the Page and Nova Air C, which also use Qualcomm 662, actually have similar scores to the Tab series, but There is indeed a difference in experience, mainly in refresh performance;

3. Leaf2 and Poke5, which use Qualcomm's entry-level processor QCM2290, do have the lowest scores and can read smoothly. However, if you use a third-party APP, the performance will be relatively difficult and the performance will be weak;

4. Bigme uses MediaTek's Helio P35 in many models of processors, including the InkNote Color series, S6 Color series, etc. The performance is indeed not high, similar to Qualcomm 625, but better than Qualcomm's entry-level QCM2290;

5. There may be some surprises. Among the Boox models equipped with exclusive GPU, the most popular Tab Ultra C has the lowest score, while the best-selling Tab Mini C has the highest score. The black and white model does not mean that it will have a high score. Some, such as Tab X, are nearly 10,000 points lower than Tab Mini C;

6. In this competition, you can learn about the battery performance of the contestants (please refer to the table at the bottom for details). AnTuTu will record the power consumption of a test run. Tab Mini C performed the best, using only 3% of the battery (double Champion, the most efficient and most power-saving!), Leaf2 is the worst, using 13% of power;

7. Three contestants failed to successfully run the entire AnTuTu evaluation process because problems occurred in the middle, namely HyRead Gaze Mini, HyRead Gaze Note Plus CC and Reinkstone R1. Not sure if it has something to do with its hardware/system;

8. As an aside, in the August AnTuTu evaluation performance rankings, the No. 1 Android device is the OnePlus Ace 2 Pro with Qualcomm 8 Gen 2, 24GB RAM + 1TB ROM, with over 1.6 million points; the No. 1 iOS device is the iPad. Pro 6 (12.9 inches), equipped with M2 processor and 8GB RAM, has a score of over 2.18 million!

At the end of this article, I would like to emphasize again that the device scores are for reference only, but based on the store owner’s experience in using readers over the years, stronger performance will indeed bring a better overall user experience. Therefore, we hope that future e-readers can at least catch up with the mainstream 3C products of that year, rather than using hardware that is three to five years behind. To be honest, at this stage, even the so-called strongest Boox Tab series, which has scored more than 200,000 points, is only better than 1% of the devices with test records in the AnTuTu review that month (i.e. ranked 99th out of 100 players) name), how pitiful...

*AnTuTu evaluation has four items (CPU, GPU, MEM, and UX), each of which is subdivided into several items. The list is as follows:


CPU arithmetic operations

CPU commonly used algorithms

CPU multi-core performance


Marooned - OpenGL ES3.0

Coastline - OpenGL ES3.0


RAM memory performance - memory bandwidth

RAM Memory Performance - Memory Latency

ROM storage performance-application storage speed

ROM storage performance - sequential read speed

ROM storage performance - sequential write speed

ROM storage performance-random read and write speed


UX data security - Hash, Secure testing

UX data processing - XML, JSON processing

UX document processing

UX image JPG, PNG, WebP, HEIF decoding

UX image processing-fisheye, blur

UX user experience-list HTML5, QR code

UX video compatibility

UX video decoding performance

UX video editing performance

The following is the original data of this competition for your reference:

model processor Equipped with independent graphics chip (Y/N) AnTuTu total score CPU GPU MEM UX Power consumption
7" Boox Leaf2(White) Qualcomm QCM2290 N 107706 28463 12846 39117 27280 13%
6" Boox Poke5 Qualcomm QCM2290 N 110442 29330 12897 40703 27512 11%
10.3" Bigme InkNote Color MediaTek Helio P35 N 127352 40871 18522 35928 32031 9%
7" Boox Page Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 N 208339 77957 33214 45898 51270 6%
7.8" Boox Nova Air C Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 N 212042 81248 33088 46726 50980 7%
10.3" Boox Tab Ultra C Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 Y 218952 80302 31623 53264 53763 5%
13.3"Boox Tab X Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 Y 221655 79224 31858 55889 54684 4%
10.3"Boox Tab Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 Y 229913 81674 33324 56742 58173 4%
6.13" Boox Palma Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 Y 230149 81301 34131 57756 56961 5%
7.8" Boox Tab Mini C Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 Y 231028 81236 34075 57091 58626 3%
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