Sony gets green, could paper be a thing of the past?

Would you give up using paper if an alternative came along? Sony has created something which has the potential to be just that.

Sony’s latest tablet called DPT-RP1 aims to be a smart piece of tech that can store limitless amounts of information in a very easy to carry platform. But it is large enough that writing on it is easy with a 13.3-inch display and an impressive 1650 x 2200 resolution.

This tablet will include an E Ink display and it was Sony that first began the use of E Ink display in its Sony Librie. E Ink is the ink on paper resembling a newsprint which means it can be easily read in the sun or low lighting situations.

Additionally, E Ink electronic paper displays have ultra-low power consumption, therefore this new tablet will have very good battery life. With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned off it can last about 3 weeks and with them turned on its up to a week.

The tablet includes a digital pen that magnetically clips to the side of the tablet.

It can only support PDF files which could be an issue for anybody looking to replace the Amazon Kindle. However, Sony developed a new Digital Paper App for desktop which allows the conversion of documents and websites to PDF files which can be sent wirelessly to the tablet.

In terms of storage, Sony estimates that you can store around 10,000 PDF files which are 1MB each.

The price of this tablet is very high at 80,000 yen (£582.82) so it’s probably going to be more popular among businesses as a way to reduce paper usage and increase their green image.  

It goes on sale in Japan on June 5th, but if it gains a lot of popularity it won’t be long before it reaches the UK and worldwide especially as its created by tech giant Sony. Although, it’s got competition with reMarkable whose tablet has the same goal of replacing the need for paper.

Watch below for a video on what the tablet looks like: 


Making paper obsolete has been an ongoing aim in the tech world with this bringing us closer, but we wonder if people will ever be able to say goodbye to paper completely.

Save the trees anyone?