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Lenovo enters the e-ink battle with Lenovo Smart Paper

E-ink e-book readers and note-takers are gaining momentum again.
Written by Charles McLellan, Senior Editor on
Lenovo Smart Paper

Lenovo Smart Paper is a 10.3-inch e-ink tablet aimed primarily at students.

Image: Lenovo

While e-ink tablets have been around for a while, there has been renewed interest in them from hardware makers recently, for example with Amazon announcing its Kindle Scribe late last year. And now Lenovo is getting into the game too, with its Smart Paper tablet.

Aimed primarily at students, Lenovo's Smart Paper is a 10.3-inch e-ink tablet, complete with a stylus and a folio case, that's designed for note-taking, document creation and e-book reading. You can record audio -- a teacher or lecturer, for example -- while taking notes, and use your notes to recall audio clips. 

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Lenovo's Smart Paper app also allows you to transcribe audio recordings. The Smart Paper pen has a felt tip, and with 23ms latency, 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt detection you get a natural writing experience on the e-ink screen. There are nine pen settings and 74 document templates to choose from and Lenovo says you can create up to 170 pages of notes in one battery charge.

Lenovo Smart Paper specifications

ProcessorRockChip RK3566
OSAndroid AOSP 11.0
RAM4GB
Storage64GB
Display10.3-inch E Ink Display, 1872 x 1404 (227ppi)
Front lightdual color, 24 brightness levels (automatic screen adjustment), 24 adjustable temperature tones
Microphones2
Sensorsaccelerometer, ambient light sensor, Hall sensor
Battery3550mAh
Battery lifereading: 7000+ pages in one charge • Note-taking: 170 pages in one charge
Dimensions195mm x 226mm x 5.5mm
Weight~408g (~0.9 lbs.)
ColorStorm Grey
PortsUSB-C 2.0
WirelessBluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi
SoftwareEmail, Calendar, Clock, Calculator, eBooks.com app
AccessoriesLenovo Smart Paper pen, Lenovo Smart Paper folio case

Pricing and availability for the Lenovo Smart Paper have yet to be announced. However, Lenovo also gave some details of another piece of hardware it is working on at CES 2023. 

Lenovo Project Chronos 

Lenovo is already active in the metaverse space with its ThinkReality AR/VR headsets, and is now exploring a different approach in the shape of Project Chronos. 

Lenovo Project Chronos
Image: Lenovo

Currently at the concept/prototype stage, the goal of Project Chronos is to create "virtual and hybrid experiences by vividly capturing full body motion, and even clearly visible facial expressions, in near real time" without the need for any wearable device. Instead of visors, glasses or other sensors, Project Chronos uses an advanced depth camera that captures your actions and displays them in avatar form on a TV or large monitor. 

The Windows-based control unit can be wall-mounted or placed on a shelf beneath the display, and the RGB depth camera can be rotated to allay privacy fears when the system is not in use. Lenovo envisages use cases including fitness instruction, immersive gaming, and content creation in virtual environments.

Lenovo Project Chronos specifications

Processor13th-generation Intel Core  
OSWindows 10
RAMup to 32GB  
Storageup to 512GB
Audio2 x 6W speakers
CameraRGB camera with ToF
Dimensions284mm x 275mm x 60.6mm
Weight3.54kg
ColorCloud Grey
Ports2x USB 3.2, 2x RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet, DC jack, 3x DisplayPort, 4x Mini-DP
WirelessBluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 6E
SoftwareChronos (developed by Lenovo)

Lenovo says the formal product name for Project Chronos will be announced along with the 'full hardware and capabilities' at an as-yet unspecified date.

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