One year ago, Sony came up with the boringly named DPT-RP1 “Digital Paper” tablet. Now, they doubled down on it with the newly-announced DPT-CP1. While the prior e-Ink tablet was a HUGE offering, the DPT-CP1 comes in a much more manageable, A5-size.
Essentially, we’re talking about an e-Ink tablet that you can use with a stylus to annotate or create documents. The DPT-CP1 has a 10.3-inch screen with a 1404 x 1872, 224 dots per inch resolution. Because we’re talking e-Ink here, on the visual front you can expect just 16 levels of grayscale.
What’s awesome is the fact that it can last up to a month on a single charge, weighs less than 8 ounces and is just 5.9 mm thick. It’s a highly niche product, which accounts for the fact that it will only be released in Japan, and a great tool for those who want a more interactive eBook reader and document viewer that’s light on the eyes.
As Sony highlighted, “digital Paper combines the simplicity of reading and writing on real paper with the convenience of digital features.”
However, just like its larger brother, which costs around $750, the DPT-CP1 is still pretty expensive. With a 70,000 yen price tag that converts to around $650 price tag, it won’t threaten Kindle’s market position any time soon.