Sony is about to release a third model in their Digital Paper line of writing tablets, only this time it’s not made by Sony.
The Taiwan OEM Netronix filed a new set of FCC paperwork today for what Netronix is calling the Digital Paper DPT-CP1. According to the test reports and the FCC label info submitted in the paperwork, this device belongs to Sony.
All the interesting details, including the manual and product photos, have been embargoed until mid-April, but Sony’s name as well as the Digital Paper brand is mentioned repeatedly throughout the paperwork.
I couldn’t find any details on the screen size, but we do know that this device was tested for Wifi, Bluetooth, and NFC. There’s also no mention of a headphone jack or audio, but the paperwork did note that the power is supplied by a USB cable.
We’re going to have to wait for a month or so to find out more.
If this really is a Sony device (and I beleive it is) then it will be the third model in Son’y line of large screen E-ink writing slates. The first model, the DPT-S1, debuted in 2013, while the second model, the DPT-RP1, launched last April.
You might be surprised that the new device has been outsourced, but I am not because I am 100% that the DPT-RP1 had also been outsourced.
Sony started developing the Digital Paper line back when it had an ereader division, but by 2017 the company had gone through several rounds of downsizing when unprofitable divisions where shut down. It would make a lot of sense to outsource hardware development at this time, and focus on software.
This explains why the first Digital Paper ran Android 2.1, just like Sony’s previous Sony Readers, while the second Digital Paper ran Android 5; someone else developed the OS running on the hardware.
And now the new Digital Paper is coming from Netronix.
Coincidentally, this company also makes ereaders for Kobo and B&N, and it files FCC paperwork on their behalf – covered in the respective brands.