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Old 05-13-2013, 06:06 AM   #1
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Sony reveals prototype 13.3-inch e-ink slate with stylus

Couldn’t find any thread for this. Hope it's not a vapourware. Here is the engadget link:
http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/13/s...paign=Engadget

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The prototype device is also only 6.8mm (0.27 inch) thick and weighs 385g (13.6 ounces) -- perfect for slipping into school bags. There's 4GB of on-board storage (with a microSD slot to increase that) and WiFi, which Sony plans to use for sharing notes with those who didn't make it to class on time. With WiFi off, the rechargeable battery inside is expected to last for three weeks of solid learning. These specs are for the prototype, of course, so after the late-2013 field trials at three Japanese universities.
Knowing Sony, I am sure it would cost a leg to buy if it ever comes out.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:53 AM   #2
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Interesting...
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:15 AM   #3
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A great first pass at a proper academic reader.
(Especially if the three buttons at the bottom accurately hint at Android underpinnings.)

Needs an instant tweak: the sidecar pen dock has to go.
A thing like that is going to live in briefcases, backpacks, and shoulder bags. Usually in a portfolio case. Stick the pen there. Or give it a ridge that slides and locks into a groove on one of the edges.

The Nook-like corner bevel needs to go, too.

Price?
Don't expect it any lower than the equivalent of US$699 or so.
(This *is* an updating of the Plastic Logic reader concept, after all.)

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Old 05-13-2013, 07:24 AM   #4
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If they make it I will buy it. I have been waiting for a large screen e-reader for years. I honestly did not think that it would ever happen. Hopefully it will.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:46 AM   #5
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7mm thick. thats nice. clearly the appearance is in an early unrefined stage for the school trials. it will change before final. this must have those larger LG foil backed displays inside....
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Flexible? Or Ruggedized? Hope so....
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Flexible? Or Ruggedized? Hope so....
I hope it's flexible.
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The article says it only supports PDF files. I'd buy this in a minute if it supported ePub too.
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Thank god a Reader for real readers. Thank you Sony. I take two.
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I wouldn't slip that baby into a schoolbag, it's the best way to break it against all the other stuff students usually have in their bags.
Also no word on the screen resolution, color, processor power ...
And 13" is a tad too big, at least for book reading.
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You can find some specs here:

http://www.sony.co.jp/SonyInfo/News/...201305/13-058/

The screen is 1'200 x 1'600 "flexible electronic paper" 13'3 inch.
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I wouldn't slip that baby into a schoolbag, it's the best way to break it against all the other stuff students usually have in their bags.
Also no word on the screen resolution, color, processor power ...
And 13" is a tad too big, at least for book reading.
It's not for book reading but for academic/corporate use; pdf document display and annotation.
And the flexible screen means no glass substrate to break. It should survive a schoolbag big even without a leather portfolio to protect it.

And 1600x1200 resolution means about 167 dpi. Perfectly fine for grayscale as long as they have good antialiasing in the PDF rendering engine.
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Intriguing.

For drawings!

Don't need the dpi if you have good convenient zoom.

BUT!! What about handwriting recognition?
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And the flexible screen means no glass substrate to break.
I didn't see this mentioned in the OP link. You sure this device sports a flexible screen?
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I didn't see this mentioned in the OP link. You sure this device sports a flexible screen?
Sure? Nothing is sure until you can buy the thing. Until then:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...6&postcount=11

http://www.the-digital-reader.com/20...reen-in-japan/
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