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Sony outs 13.3-inch Digital Paper, costs $1,100

Sony has recently announced the Digital Paper, a 13.3-inch productivity slate that features an electronic paper display that reads PDF and lets you scribble on it using its bundled stylus.

The Sony Digital Paper isn’t exactly designed for the ordinary consumer and is aimed at lawyers, governmental agencies, policymakers and legislators, professors and researchers in higher education, and globe-trotting executives who deal with vast amounts of PDF files.

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Sony Digital Paper key features and functions:
• World’s thinnest, lightest body among devices with comparable screen sizes (approximately 9/32” and 12.6 oz.); slightly thicker than 30 sheets of paper
• 13.3 inch (screen size measured diagonally) electronic paper display
• High contrast display (1200 x 1600 dots), 16-level grayscale, incorporating “E Ink Mobius” technology from E Ink Corporation
• No backlight enables text to be read clearly, even in bright sunlight
• Built-in Wi-Fi functionality allows file sharing over a wireless network
• Rechargeable thin lithium-ion battery – up to 3 weeks use on a single charge
• AC adapter or USB rechargeable (computer-based charging)
• Storage – approximately 2,800 PDF files; internal memory of 4 GB coupled with micro SD card slot for additional storage
• Touch panel (IR touch) compatible with electromagnetic induction-type touch pen input
• Dimensions – Approximately 9 1/4” width by 12 1/4” height by 9/32” depth (thickness)
• Weight – Approximately 12.6 ounces

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“This is a true replacement for the vast amounts of paper that continue to clutter many offices and institutions,” said Bob Nell, director, Digital Paper Solutions of Sony Electronics. “It is very easy to use and optimized for reading and annotating contracts, white papers, scholarly articles and legislation. The ‘notepad’ feature will have universal appeal, and notes can be shared with clients, colleagues, and co-workers. Digital Paper offers a simple, intuitive experience and gives professionals portability and flexibility coupled with the ability to wirelessly access document management solutions and other content repositories.”

The Sony Digital Paper is scheduled for release in the US in May with an SRP of $1,100.

Or maybe those professionals can just get an iPad Air or a Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 for a lesser cost and be done with it.

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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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10 Responses

  1. hanjo says:

    hi sir yuga!

    just wanna ask about the supported file formats of this device. and also of its other features. can’t get much from the internet as of now. perhaps because it’s quite new.

    as an avid fan of readers and eink devices, i do appreciate developments and news featuring such technology. do you think you could review one?

    i hope you would indulge me with a reply.


  2. abuzalzal says:

    Kelan kaya lalabad ang. $200 Chinese version hehe

    A very cool and useful tool nontheless

  3. phonebuddy says:

    “Or maybe those professionals can just get an iPad Air or a Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 for a lesser cost and be done with it.” -this just doesn’t work.

  4. Easy E says:

    Ang mahal. Kasing mahal na ng desenteng ultrabook. And i agree with the last mote: “Or maybe those professionals can just get an iPad Air or a Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 for a lesser cost and be done with it.”

    • Miss Call says:

      “Ang mahal” It’s not meant for ordinary consumers. That is like complaining that Ferraris are two expensive so better settle with a Hyundai Accent since it gets the job done all the same.

    • wew says:

      @Miss Call i dont think comparing this to your example is right…namamahalan kmi kasi mas mahal pa siya kumpara sa ibang gadget kahit na mas kakaunti ang nagagawa niya.kung nagmahal to dahil ito ay luxury gadget at tinadtad ng bato at binalutan ng gold,ok lng ung presyo at pasok ung analogy mo na ferrari.

  5. wew says:

    ok na sana e…kaso ang mahal.hahaha hindi lng naman pagbabasa ng ganito ang ginagawa nung mga taong target nito,kailangan din nila ng computer-on-the-go,kailangan nila ung makakapaginternet sila,makagawa ng documents at makapgedit,etc. kaya mas ok pa rin ung ipada air o ung sgn pro 12.2 na binanggit sa dulo.

  6. dj0502 says:

    personally, interested ako dito, kaya lang mahal talaga siya.. and wala tayong magagawa dahil unique ito.. walang e-ink note taking device sa market..
    in my opinion, tama lang na banggitin ang samsung note line pati tablet pc, pero mali na icompare ang target market nito sa market ng ipad air..

  7. Almost Techie says:

    I’ve been a Kindle DX user for many years now, but even with its bigger screen compared with the other e-readers, I still find reading pdf materials quite difficult and inconvenient. The screen is just not sufficient and you need to zoom in and fiddle with the controls just to be able to read properly. I’m sure Sony had the pdf loving professionals in mind when they were developing the product and it’s definitely not for everyone. But considering the price, some would shy away and just continue to suffer the eye-hurting glare of their laptops.

  8. ariel says:

    let us wait for enough cycles of this gadget, let it evolve further in time, sooner or later pupunta na yan sa mini computer, soon enough pede ka ng maginternet dito and make some editing and do some computing, im pretty sure about that…but for the meantime lets keep our distance muna and see how it progress, ganon lang naman yan eh…wag yung magbuy agad nito just to make yabang that theyve got one, those kind of people are idiots imo hehehe…

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