reMarkable is edging closer to delivering what it hopes will be the most paper-like experience to date on a notepad.
The Norwegian team behind the reMarkable 10.3-inch E Ink display sketching and writing notepad is now ready to show off the device ahead of its planned pre-order shipping date in August and October.
The tablet has been under development for the past four years and debuted late last year with a pre-order price of $329. That reMarkable is ready expose the notepad to reviewers should comfort those who gambled on the promise of early prototypes.
reMarkable features a CANVAS display that's meant to look like real paper and offer the same friction when using a pen. It doesn't display colors, but supports 16 shades of grey for text, and black and white for pens and brush inputs.
E Ink tablets have great battery life, but the displays typically have high latency. reMarkable claims the E Ink current prototypes have a latency of between 50ms and 60ms when using a pen, which is slower than Microsoft's new Surface Pen, but better than most E Ink devices.
To mimic the feel of a pencil on paper, the reMarkable's pen nib actually wears down with use. However, there are 10 replacement nibs. As The Verge's hands-on notes, writing on the slate even mimics the scratching sound of scribbling on real paper.
The reMarkable has an aluminum frame and plastic-based display with a 1,872 x 1,404 resolution at 226 dots per inch. The display will scratch more easily than glass but won't shatter if dropped and is currently undergoing water-resistance certification, according to reMarkable.
At 350 grams (12.4oz), it's a tad heavier than the iPad mini 4, but should be easy to carry. It also comes with 8GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, a 1GHz processor, and Wi-Fi.
Currently supported formats include PDF and ePUB. The device runs on Codex, a custom Linux-based operating system "optimized for low-latency e-paper", according to reMarkable.
The notepad is currently available for pre-order for $479, which includes the pen and a protective case, which would normally retail for $716. The notepad itself will cost $529 when it's generally available, and the pen will cost $79.
The reMarkable is likely to have a narrow audience given its limited functionality and high price, but it could establish an enthusiastic fan base if it lives up to its claims.
Sony is also taking a second stab at the digital paper notepad with the just released Digital Paper 13-inch E Ink DPT-RP1 notepad, which costs $700 in the US.
According to Sony, its first Digital Paper DPT-S1 notepad is popular with professors, researchers and graduate students in science and technology disciplines, as well as with legal, financial and medical professionals.