I haven’t been able to find any hands-on user reports in the week since Sony Japan announced their new writing slate, the DPT-RP1, and that is unfortunate because it means all we have to go on is the following highly-edited video from Sony.
Sony Japan posted this video last Tuesday. It purports to show the DPT-RP1 in use, but if you look carefully you will notice that several segments of the video were selectively edited in order to create a false impression of a faster response time.
Even so, it’s still pretty cool.
The video shows several software upgrades, including a two-page mode where you can have a page of notes open on one half of the screen and a PDF open on the other half of the screen.
The video also shows the new NFC unlock feature where you can unlock the DPT-RP1 by swiping either a card or a smartphone over a sensor, and the new clip for the stylus (the previous model had a loop).
The DPT-RP1 runs on a Marvell IAP140 quad-core chip with 16GB storage, Wifi, and Bluetooth. Its 13.3″ Carta E-ink display has both a capacitive and stylus touchscreens, and a screen resolution 1650 × 2200.
That is a lot of hardware for a device that only supports PDFs.
The DPT-RP1 is scheduled to be released in September, with a retail price of $700.