Sony has now announced a smaller follow-up to last year's Digital Paper E-ink writing tablet, the DPT-RP1. That's according to a new announcement made today via Sony's official blog. The new tablet – also dubbed with Digital Paper branding but sold under the model number DPT-CP1 – seems to be the same basic design as the previous model. However, while that earlier device was sized as close as possible to A4 paper with a 13.3-inch display, the new model drops to A5 with a 10.3-inch display. That should make its use much easier under a wider number of circumstances since it will arguably be easier to hold in one hand while writing with the other. However, there will certainly be other benefits as well.
As with the larger model from last year, the new Digital Paper centers around its inclusion of a stylus that works in conjunction with a 1,404 × 1,872 dot E-ink display with 16 levels of grayscale. The display is also specially designed to provide a paper-like feedback to users as they write or draw. That's embedded in a frame weighing just 240g and only 5.9 mm thick. All of that is powered by a battery of an unspecified size which is intended to provide up to a month of use between charges. 16GB of space is available for storage of PDFs and other files, while a smartphone can be linked for easy file swapping and sharing. Interestingly, the company has included a feature that allows "compatible smartphones" to be connected almost instantly simply by hovering the phone over the tablet. NFC is said to play a role in that, though this tablet is running proprietary software instead of any form of Android.
Having said all of that, it's worth pointing out that this piece of new tech is not necessarily meant to be a general consumer product. For starters, it's set to be priced at under 70,000 yen – which is still around $650. That's already a fairly steep price for the average consumer to shell out for an E-ink writing tablet but the tablet appears to only be slated for availability in Japan to begin with. So the DPT-CP1 Digital Paper tablet appears to be intended more for use in the enterprise and professional spaces.