The DPT-CP1 will join the larger A4 version Sony already offers when it launches in June.
The most well-known names in the e-reader market are Kindle and Kobo, but Sony also has an interest in these low-power paper-like devices. The main difference being, Sony’s e-readers are focused on the Japanese market and do quite a bit more than a typical, small e-reader.
Rather than an e-book reader, Sony already offers an e-paper device called the DPT-RP1 Digital Paper Tablet. It’s the same size as a standard sheet of A4 paper (13.3-inches) with a resolution of 1650-by-2200 and weighs 349 grams. There’s also a magnetic snap-on stylus allowing you to write directly on the tablet to either create new documents or annotate existing ones. At $700, it’s not cheap, but you may be able to find it for less on Amazon.
As The Verge reports, this week Sony is announcing a new model in its Digital Paper range called the DPT-CP1. It’s smaller than the DPT-RP1 and is the equivalent of an A5 sheet of paper (10.3-inches). The E Ink display resolution is 1404-by-1872, the tablet includes 16GB of storage, and it’s only 5.9mm thick. Battery life is rated at a month.
At an expected $600 price point, it’s certainly cheaper than the larger model while retaining compatibility with the stylus (included with the tablet) and ability to create and annotate. However, it looks likely to remain a product only available through Sony’s retail stores and a few Amazon sellers outside of Japan. If Sony supported a much wider launch and marketing campaign I think these E Ink tablets could do well and hopefully then the price could also drop.
The DPT-RP1 is already available, but the smaller DPT-CP1 is set to launch at some point in June. When we reviewed the DPT-RP1 late last year, we liked how big and light the tablet was and the fact in shipped with the stylus. However, it only supports PDF documents, the stylus is laggy, and there’s no support for pressure sensitivity. We can only hope Sony fixed those problems for the DPT-CP1, otherwise, there’s always an iPad Pro.