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reMarkable is an E Ink tablet with a difference – and we think you'll want one

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E Ink displays are usually associated with e-readers, such as the Amazon Kindle, but a new tablet from a Norwegian startup takes the technology in a new direction.

The reMarkable tablet lets users read, write and sketch on its digital paper display 'with a paper like feel', which 'truly delivers the experience of real paper' in a fully connected device.

Designed to replace notepads, sketch pads, and printed documents, the ultra-low latency device comes with a 10.3-inch display that runs on a proprietary technology known as CANVAS.

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This essentially means it can provide extremely low 55ms latency, which should make using it as close to writing on real paper as possible, especially when combined with the 'paper-like surface friction' of the display.

Of course, reMarkable also comes with all the benefits of using technology in place of paper, allowing users to back up their sketches or notes to the company's cloud service.

You'll also be able to view documents, powerpoint presentations, and textbooks on the tablet, but what's impressive is the ability to write directly on these documents using the provided pen.

The device is also connected to the internet, so you'll be able to share projects and stored documents to make collaboration easier.

And thanks to the fact there are no glass parts, reMarkable should prove to be a fairly sturdy device that isn't prone to shattering if dropped.

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The company behind the project claims the 3,000mAh battery will last for 'days without having to recharge', plus there's 8GB of internal storage for keeping documents locally.

Other specs include 512MB of DDR3L RAM and a 1Ghz ARM A9 CPU, which should ensure speedy performance for a device such as this.

Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until summer 2017 if you want to get your hands on one of the tablets, but pre-orders are open right now.

Anyone who gets an early order in will receive a limited first edition of the reMarkable, along with the pen and a case, for $379, which works out to about £305.

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Sold on reMarkable? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

carlchly

December 2, 2016, 3:41 pm

Looks cool!

Bugblatter

December 2, 2016, 10:34 pm

Interesting idea. The pen's way too big and the lag is quite bad but I can see plenty of use cases for it even as it is.

The pen really needs to attach or slide inside though.

G-man

December 8, 2016, 12:05 am

they are trying to say retail price is $720 thought?! for 8gb memory 512 gb ram, 1ghz A9 cpu? thats a joke.

Mark Stanbrook

December 8, 2016, 1:12 am

This is exactly what I've been looking for, for years. A virtual notebook. The value is in the surface, not the CPU, RAM etc. I'd love it if it were 1/3 of the (discounted) price but I've looked at everything else that came to market and tried to do this and they were all awful. If this delivers... I'll be pleased.

Ministro Gomes

December 14, 2016, 11:28 am

I'm assuming that by release date the specs might have gone up a bit

Ilja Nieuwland

January 9, 2017, 9:02 am

When will people stop looking at tech from a spec sheet viewpoint only? This is a niche device; its competitors aren't regular tablets, but things like Sony's Digital Paper, which is a damn sight more expensive and, by the looks of it, less useful.

Ilja Nieuwland

January 9, 2017, 9:06 am

This is a very interesting device, and I am going to pre-order for sure. But I also think it's something of a solution in search of the wrong problem. This would be great for marking PDFs, but as a note-taking solution? My guess is that "paper people" are too much in love with the tactile experience of pen and paper to be enticed by *any* digital solution. I see the device as more of a competitor to the Sony DPRS-1 Digital Paper.

G-man

January 12, 2017, 12:35 am

and by pricing it so high they are forcing it to be a niche product. if the kindle cost £2000 would that have taken off?

Ilja Nieuwland

January 12, 2017, 3:35 pm

I think it is a misconception to assume that every device will automatically "take off" just because it is cheap. There are more than enough examples to the contrary - Pebble, to name a recently deceased example.

The road to get from a innovative niche device to an established brand is often long and hard. For example, the first e-readers were expensive devices (the Icarus generation). They only became mass market devices when Amazon (and a few others) put a big book store behind them, and created an ecosystem. To promote book sales, they made big losses on the devices themselves. Because developing these things and marketing them takes money - lots of it. It's not just a matter of throwing components together.

Then there is profit margin. The times that every VC thinks it's OK to forfeit profits for the first decade in the hope of making bigger ones after that are behind us. That means that tech needs to be profitable sooner, and campaigns such as Amazon's are more difficult, particularly for smaller companies.

Finally, why should you want to forfeit on margins when your target audience can easily afford the things at a more reaonable price? The Sony Digital Paper is targeted at medical and law markets, and there the 1000$ price point is not a problem at all. With this, if a higher price can make this a sustainable device and company, I'm all for it. If the prices across the board come down, or if there is a market for cheaper versions, they will no doubt address the price. But personally, I'd rather see a decent devide with proper build quality; I'm so done with the perennial race to the bottom.

Tarjei Mørkve

January 21, 2017, 9:36 pm

Kindle Oasis price is about that. And a kidney.

Marcel de Graaf

February 9, 2017, 3:52 am

I totally agree on the price thing. Look at apple's i...everything. The iphone, ipad, imac and whatever else they have is more expensive than anything with similar tech specs offered by other companies, but they're still selling like hot cakes.

I'm very curious about this product as well and I'm hoping to find the money to pre-order one as well.

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