For a company that stopped making ereaders and got out of the ebook market in 2014, Sony sure is good at finding new excuses to make devices with E-ink screens.
Rumor has it that Sony has a 10″ replacement for its DPT-S1 writing slate in the works.
Yesterday a new member of MobileRead posted a screenshot which they claimed was taken from a recent Sony survey. The screenshot shows a 10″ device next to a 13.3″ device (and no, we don’t know what Sony asked next).
As commenters pointed out in responses to the OP, this screenshot is highly suspect. The devices are swapped left for right, and there is no sign that either device shown in the screen shot is functional. (In particular, neither device has the buttons found on the DPT-S1, the 13.3″ writing slate that Sony launched in 2013 and quietly discontinued last year.)
And let’s also not forget that this was someone’s first post on Mobileread, which increases the chance it could be a hoax.
If it does have that 10.3″ E-ink screen, it will have a screen resolution of 1404 x 1872. That is considerably sharper than the screens found on current 9.7″ ereaders (825 x 1200).
The text in the screenshot hints at the smaller device having the same features as the DPT-S1, which means it would support PDFs but not much else. That is going to severely limit its market, and so could the price tag. The DPT-S1 cost $800 when it was finally discontinued, and odds are its smaller replacement would be almost as expensive.
Coincidentally, existing 9.7″ ereaders are rather expensive – 359 euros and up. If the new Sony device can come close to matching that price then it would be a serious contender – even limited to supporting only PDF.
Would you buy one?