While there’s now a bunch of devices with an e-paper display, be it tablets or eReaders, it’s harder to find a model that is about the size of A4 (297 x 210mm) or US letter (279 x 216mm) papers. E-Ink Digitial Paper Tablet solves this issue with an NXP i.MX 8M Mini-powered Android 9 tablet offering a 13.3-inch display (301.1 x 222.8mm), as well as a smaller 10.1-inch display, for business applications.
Both digital paper tablets feature E-Ink Carta 1250 screen technology with a higher contrast ratio and faster refresh rate, come with a digital pen supported by Wacom’s battery-free EMR technology, and are said to last about three weeks per charge for light usage.
- SoC – NXP i.MX 8M mini quad-core Cortex-A53 processor @ up to 1.8GHz
- Storage – 32 GB eMMC flash including 24GB for user data, or enough for about 10,000 typical PDF documents
- Display options:
- 13.3-inch E-Ink Flexible e-paper display with 1650×2200 resolution, 16 gray scale, 207 dpi
- 10.3-inch E-Ink Flexible e-paper display with 1404×1872 resolution, 16 gray scale, 226 dpi
- Both with capacitive touch panel sensor and electro-magnetic resonance (EMR)-type touch pen input with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity
- Wireless – Dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac WAVE 2 WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC (13.56MHz / FeliCa)
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 Type-C port
- Supported file format – PDF (and nothing else?) via Foxit PDF reader
- Battery – 2000mAh Lithium-Ion good for 3 weeks (light usage scenarios) or 5 days under heavy usage
- Temperature Range – Operating: 0°~ 40°C; storage: -3°C ~ 35°C ???
- Dimensions and weight
- 13.3-inch display – 222.8 × 301.1 × 5.7 mm, 363 grams
- 10.3-inch display – 175.5 × 244.2 × 5.85 mm, 261 grams
The tablets will ship with a Wacom standard stylus pen, USB Type-C cable (1.5m), pen tips, and a puller.
The company provides development resources with Android APK to assist developers in optimizing the app for the tablet, design, and programming guides including a Progressive Web Application (PWA) design guide, as well as a Kitting Tool user guide to easily modify tablet functionality by installing applications, changing default settings, updating firmware, etc… A Digital Paper Control Server Software (DCSS) running on Linux or Windows will enable the secure transfer of unique PDF documents to and from unique Digital Paper Tablets.
E-Ink will not sell the tablets directly themselves, as the digital paper tablet is designed for business applications, and E-Ink collaborated with Avalue Technology both to manufacture the tablets and provide support to Tier-One customers, which may be part of various sectors including education, scientific and technical services, medical services and hospitals, field service management, human resources and so on.
Additional information may be found on the product page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.