Breaking News – Sony just announced that its next-generation 13.3-inch digital paper tablet will be U.S.-ready this June. The oversized e-reader is a way more action packed than its predecessor not to mention $400 less – making this an attractive device for both students and business professionals.

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From its sleeker design to the high-resolution (1,650 x 2,200) screen upgrade, the Sony DPT-RP1 is thinner, lighter and is now equipped with an NFC unlocking feature. Whether you want to annotate research papers, edit sections in White Papers, or highlight complex passages in company reports, Sony’s DPT-RP1 is a versatile e-reader with an entirely new look.

Sony’s Digital Paper Tablet combines the connectivity of a smart device with the functionality of traditional office filing system. Called the DPT-RP1, Sony’s latest e-paper tablet is a major upgrade from its predecessor whether it’s resolution, memory, connectivity, down to a full suite of workflow features.

Intelligent Design

The new-look DPT comes with a new pen-friendly screen that measures 8.8 x 11.9 x 0.2 inches (224 x 302.6 x 5.9 mm). Weighing less than 1 oz (350 g), the highly anti-glare tablet has a resolution of 1,650 x 2,200 – making the smaller text more readable. By simply moving your tablet from a vertical position to horizontal, you can display two pages of documents, side-by-side, whether it’s a Profit and Loss statement in a PDF format or the next quarter’s budget on the excel spreadsheet.

From the spreadsheet grid to the daily planner to the college-ruled format, users have the option of seven preset background templates depending upon your intended use. If you need to prepare for tomorrow’s presentation by taking detailed notes, simply mark the most important sections of data with a star or asterisk and voila – instantly summon you highlighted content with the document file search function.

User-Friendly Interface

Sony’s goal was rather simple while designing its Digital Paper Tablet: To make it the most user-friendly document-sharing office tablet in the world. Just having a stylus pen to operate the tablet is a game-changer. Equipped with two buttons, the stylus can switch between writing, erasing, and highlighting text with ease. By roughing up the tablet’s surface, Sony was able to recreate the feeling of writing on a traditional legal pad. It also gives the stylus some much-needed traction as it moves from document to document.

Storage Upgrade

By quadrupling the tablet’s memory from 4GB to 16GB, Sony is hoping to revolutionize how we store office documents. According to Sony, the DPT-RP can hold up to 10,000 files, which is equivalent to most small sized accounting firms. As for compatibility, like most smart tablets, you can easily share documents with Mac and Windows devices via WiFi, Bluetooth or USB cable. The uploading, downloading, sharing process is just as seamless with any cloud server.

The most notable upgrade to Sony’s Digital Tablet: The NFC payment method. Simply hover your smartphone or other NFC card over the device and instantly create a contactless payment method. The much-anticipated Digital Paper tablet by Sony is scheduled for release on June 5th in Japan and “sometime in June” in the U.S.

Other new features of Sony’s Digital Paper include:

Side Note function – users can page through a document on one side of the screen while taking notes on the other.

Parallel Reading/Review – enables display of separate documents in two-page view for easy review/comparison of multiple documents.

Zoom function – zoom into small text by touching or circling the desired area and annotated in zoomed area.

Advanced search function – for searching by Title, Text, Author and Handwritten Symbols (Star/Asterisk)

Advanced security – prevent unauthorized access to Digital Paper using a screen lock password and secure all content using 128-bit, AES, encryption technology

Marvell® 64 bits Quad-core processor – for improved page turning and document management speed

Marvell® MIMO Wireless Technology – transfer documents easily between PC and Digital Paper using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth wireless technology.

Sources: Sony, Engadget