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    April 18, 2017

    Sony’s new tablet hopes to put paper out of business

    sony DPT-RP1 tablet

    Sony has revealed a new, large-scale e-paper tablet dubbed the DPT-RP1 which hopes to replace newspapers and paper altogether.

    Tablets first came with the promise that we’d never want to use paper again, but in 2017 we’re still holding on to books and newspapers. With the DPT-RP1, Sony has joined the fray with a tablet that wants to put paper behind us once and for all.

    The DPT-RP1 is actually a revised vision of Sony’s original digital paper tablet, the DPT-S1. While the names of those products might be uninspiring, the vision behind them isn’t.

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    The DPT-RP1 offers a 13.3″ display with 1650×2200 dots, and sports an included digital pen. Sony claims that the unit is roughly as thick as a stack of 30 pages of paper, and arrives with a new Digital Paper app for the purpose of converting websites and documents to PDF form, which can then be annotated.

    The tablet will be a pricey affair, however, and will sell for around 80,000 yen, which equates to  $719 USD. Rather than pitch the device at general consumers, Sony is aiming the product at professionals such as lawyers, researchers, or doctors who want to shed the use of paper.

    In amongst a litany of iOS and Android-powered tablets – and, indeed, a slowing tablet market – the DPT-RP1is something of a weird and wonderful revelation from Sony.

    While products such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note series offers annotation features and Amazon’s Kindle offers the best recall for an e-Ink e-reader, the DPT-RP1 is an odd hybrid that somehow manages to bridge those two worlds together. Whether it’ll succeed, however, remains uncertain.

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    What are your thoughts? Would you be interested in buying a product such as the DPT-RP1 to cut down on your use of paper, or is it just too expensive? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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