Sony shrinks its Digital Paper E Ink tablet
Sony is one of the few companies persisting in E Ink stylus devices, despite the fact that they’re way less practical than a tablet and surprisingly expensive. It has just unveiled a new model, the DPT-CP1 that helps (a bit) on the latter count. It’s much the same as the A4 (13.3-inch diagonal) DPT-RP1 released a year ago, but has a smaller, 10.3-inch diagonal (A5) sized screen instead.
The benefits of Sony’s Digital Paper E Ink tablets are clear with the DPT-CP1. It has an excellent, highly readable 1,404 x 1,872 black and white screen, but is just 5.9 mm thick, weighs about 8 ounces and can go a month on a single charge. It also has a certain x-factor, thanks to the stylus and ability to let you read, jot, sketch and work in longhand on a more paper-like screen than other products.
The problem, however, is the price: It costs 70,000 yen (around $650). That’s $100 less than the 13.3-inch model, but it’s still not an impulse purchase like, say, a Kindle. It’s an interesting product, though, so hopefully Sony will keep making them, and making them cheaper. In any case, it’s only available in Japan and isn’t likely to come to North America.
Source: Sony (Japanese)