If you like to take notes with pen and paper, but would prefer a digital solution to store your note, there are already some solutions like Boogie Board and Rocketbook, but reMarkable offers much more that the other two with a 10.3″ E-Ink touchscreen display and pressure sensitive pen capable of detecting 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, it allows to read books as any e-readers, and also write your own notes on a blank piece of “paper” or existing digital documents, drawing sketches, and save & share the results. The whole user experience is supposed to feel as if you were reading and writing on paper.
- SoC – ARM Cortex A9 processor @ 1 GHz (Likely NXP i.MX6 series processor since they support EPD interfaces)
- System Memory – 512 MB DDR3L
- Storage – 8GB internal storage good for around 100,000 pages
- Display – 10.3″ monochrome digital paper “CANVAS” capacitive touch display based on E-Ink Carta technology with 1872×1404 resolution (226 DPI); plastic cover to make it virtually unbreakable; Paper-like surface friction; sunlight readable
- Connectivity – WiFi
- USB – 1x micro USB port for charging
- Battery – 3000 mAh battery good for several days
- Dimensions – 256 x 177 x 6.7mm
- Weight – ~350 grams
The included “Marker” pen does not require any battery nor pairing or setup, comes with a high-friction pen tip, with the device able to detect tilt and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. The tablet runs Codex Linux based operating system optimized for low-latency e-paper displays, and currently supports PDF and ePUB documents, with more formats planned. Notes and documents can be transfered over WiFi to your devices or the cloud through an app currently available for Mac OS, iOS, Windows 8 and 10 and Android.
The video is convincing, but pricing may put many people off, as reMarkable is now available for pre-order for $379 with a folio cover and a Marker pen, and shipping expected for August 2017. Once the pre-order period is over the retail price will go up to $529 for the tablet only with the Marker and the folio cover an extra $79 each. This tablet is only really useful if you buy the pen, unless you limit yourself to the e-Reader function…