Sony DPT-RP1 Hacked, Now Runs Android 5.1, Doubles as a Monitor (video)

When Sony's first 13.3" writing slate was hacked in late 2015, the effort proved to be pointless because the DPT-S1 only ran Android 2.2.

The second-gen DPT-RP1 was recently hacked and proved to be much more useful. Reports are coming in from MobileRead that someone is selling hacked DPT-RP1 writing slates on Taobao. The seller says that this device runs Android 5.1 and user can install apps, two details which appear to be confirmed by the following video:

If you watch the video you will see, among other things, Total Commander file manager and an Android web browser.

Those are not features offered on the original DPT-RP1, nor can you use the stock unit as a monitor. And yet someone has posted a video on Bilibili showing the hacked RP1 doing just that. (I can't embed the video, sorry.)

The hackers have also confirmed that the RP1 has a 2.4GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB RAM to go along with the high resolution screen (1650 x 2200). They have not, however, posted a copy of the hack so that RP1 owners could try it on their devices.

At the time hacked RP1s are only available from that one seller on Taobao (except I don't think they're selling it anymore) which is a shame because this hack more than doubles the value of the RP1.

The RP1 retails for $700 in the US. That's a lot of money for a writing slate that only supported PDFs, but if you could access the Android OS then it would easily be worth buying.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

2 Comments

  1. Isaac24 July, 2017

    Why is it so hard to make a decent android powered eReader? 10-13in,high resolution, recent version of Android (probably with animations turned off), low power processor (like snapdragon 200). Basically just a normal tablet with an eink screen. Sure, as a niche product it’s going to be expensive. But I’ll buy one in an instant. The search continues…

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  2. dragon78825 August, 2017

    Sadly they aren’t actually using it as a monitor, if you look below the Windows taskbar the X/gear/etc that you see are from TeamViewer (or another VERY similar remote view/control application).

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