Sony introduced a 13 inch slate for reading and writing on documents last year. The company calls it Digital Paper, and it’s kind of a Kindle on crack with a big high-resolution, high-contrast display and a pen for taking notes or scribbling doodles.
Now a US distributor has announced it’ll begin selling Sony’s Digital Paper in the United States in May. But it won’t come cheap. Worldox plans to charge $1100 for the writing slate.
To be fair, Worldox isn’t positioning Digital Paper as a consumer device. It’s aimed at professionals in legal, higher education, government, and other enterprise markets — where a paperless device with long battery life and note-taking abilities might be worth the high price.
The device features a 13.3 inch, 1600 x 1200 pixel E Ink Mobius display, an optical touchscreen for finger input and an active digitizer for use with a digital pen. It has 2.8GB of available storage plus a microSD card slot and supports WiFi.
Sony Digital Paper measures about a quarter of an inch thick and weighs less than 13 ounces.
Unfortunately, as The Digital Reader points out there’s one big caveat: the device only supports viewing and editing PDF files. There’s no support for any other formats and no support for third-party apps.