The Noteslate Shiro is a digital writing slate with an E Ink screen, a stylus, and up to 3 weeks of battery life. At first glance it looks like an eReader (and you can use it as one), but the stylus lets you sketch your ideas or jot handwritten notes.

Noteslate unveiled the Shiro in May and promised it’d be available this fall. That’s not happening, but the company is taking pre-orders now for $199 and promising to start shipping the Noteslate Shiro in February, 2016.

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There are two versions available for pre-order. A limited-edition Signature Edition has a “unique signature” and serial number on the back. 999 of these models are available, and they’ll be the first to ship.

In March, Noteslate plans to start shipping the regular version of the Shiro. It will carry the same $199 price tag.

The device features a 6.8 inch, 1080 x 1440 pixel E Ink Pearl HD display with support for 16 shades of grey, a 1 GHz Freescale SoloLite processor, 8GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of removable storage, and WiFi connectivity. It runs a Noteslate OS software.

Want to check out the Noteslate experience without spending $199 on the writing tablet? The company plans to release apps for Android tablets and the iPad.

Noteslate’s website says the stylus is pressure-sensitive, but I don’t see a lot of evidence of that in a demo video released by the company, and there’s also a bit of latency: it takes a moment for lines to show up on the screen after the stylus passes over the display.

You can export notes or pictures via email or by transferring them to another device with a USB cable or by saving them to a removable microSD card.

A few years ago this company released a concept for a $99 writing tablet with a 13 inch display. That model never shipped, but Noteslate has said if the Shiro project is successful, it hopes to deliver a 13 inch version eventually.

Noteslate might be the only company with an E Ink writing slate on the way. Netronix showed off 6.8 inch and 13.3 inch models using similar (or maybe identical) technology at the 2015 Consumer Electronics show in January.

via NoteSlate/Facebook

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7 replies on “Noteslate Shiro E Ink writing slate goes up for pre-order, ships in 2016”

  1. These guys did a great job marketing their original, unrealistic device concept a few years back. Of course it never materialized, and now they’ve screwed themselves over because these more realistic production devices are now too little, too late, too expensive.

    I’m very interested in the idea of an electronic paper replacement for the notebooks I keep. I believe there’s a market for such products, though perhaps not until multi-color devices become feasible.

    Regardless, I couldn’t be less interested in being an early adopter of anything with Noteslate’s track record!

  2. I love the idea but how is this going to fly with e-ink screens. They still have quite a bit of ink lag on the stylus. That’s just e-ink. Yes you can use it but not going to be much like paper or even nearly as responsive as a Galaxy Note or anything with Wacom or N-Trig on LCD.

  3. This company will be irrelevant way before the digitizer consortium

    (made up of pretty much everyone in the industry) agrees on
    standards, which could dramatically decrease the price delta
    over capacitive screens. The consortium’s products can’t come
    soon enough. E-ink may be a better technology, but as the
    marketplace too often shows, the acceptable, more affordable
    choice inevitably wins out.

  4. “This time we really promise to release something. Not like all the other times when we said we would, and then we didn’t. We mean it now. For reals. Pays us $199 now and get something next year. For sure.”

    Also note the $99 concept was neither a physical object nor ever going to be able to be made for that price.


  5. So… 4 years later, 1/4 of the display/note-taking area and 2x the price? Yeah, no thanks.

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