One of the benefits of e-paper/e-ink technology is that compared to regular displays, they consume less power. They’re also supposed to mimic paper and ink in the traditional sense so for certain cases, they might actually be better than OLEDs or LCDs, such as when reading e-books.

Unfortunately for the most part, e-paper displays have typically been limited to e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle, but Sony is hoping to change that as the Japanese company has unveiled a new e-paper tablet in the form of the DPT-RP1. This is actually not Sony’s first attempt with the latest model being an update to the DPT-S1.

The tablet is by no means small as it sports a 13.3-inch display. However it has an increased resolution from its predecessor, going up from 1200×1600 to 1650×2200. The idea behind this tablet isn’t so much about surfing the web or watching videos, but for editing documents like PDFs where users can add annotations and the likes with a digital pen.

However it doesn’t come cheap at $700 which means that clearly this is a tablet aimed more towards professionals like lawyers, researchers, and the likes who are looking for ways to cut down on their paper usage. At the moment it seems to be only limited to Japan, so if you do want to get your hands on it you might be out of luck.

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