E Ink Holdings, which makes electrophoretic displays, which it also calls “digital paper,” and industrial PC company Avalue, have announced a partnership. The first fruit of the collaboration was a next-generation product, descriptively titled Digital Paper Tablet Solution, for businesses. The tablet is based on the development of the Linfiny joint venture between E Ink and Sony Semiconductor Solutions. As stated, the tablet is designed for use in schools, government agencies and corporations. It will be offered as a standard product that can be adapted and branded for a specific customer. There are two types of device. One has a 10.3-inch display with a resolution of 1404 x 1872 pixels, which corresponds to a density of 226 pixels per inch, and the second has a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1650 x 2200 pixels, which corresponds to a density of 207 pixels per inch. In both cases, the E Ink Carta 1250 display, capable of displaying 16 levels of gray, provides a higher contrast ratio, faster page turning and improved pen speed compared to previous models.
The 10.3-inch tablet weighs only 261g and is 5.85mm thick. The 13.3-inch tablet weighs 368g and is only 5.7mm thick. Both tablets come with a batteryless digital pen that uses Wacom EMR technology. According to the manufacturer, the screen’s non-slip, non-glass surface provides the same writing experience as paper. There are no glare on the screen, and the image on it is perfectly visible even under direct sunlight. The tablet has 32 GB of internal memory. Encryption is used to protect user data. As for autonomy, the operating time without recharging in the “light” usage scenario is three weeks, in the “heavy” scenario – five days. The tablet equipment includes USB 2.0 Type-C, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0.
The solution includes Digital Paper Control Server (DCSS) software, a set of APIs that securely transfer documents to and from digital paper tablets. The tablet can be integrated with existing services by optimizing the Android app for use with the ePaper display. Software development kits, toolkits and documentation are available through Avalue.
Brand new tablet for only $60. Updated Amazon Fire 7 unveiled
Amazon has quietly updated its budget Fire 7 tablets. To be more precise, the Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kids have been updated.
There are no cardinal changes – these are all the same ultra-affordable devices with the appropriate parameters. Since technically the novelties are almost identical, we will talk about them as a single product.
So, the tablet still has a seven-inch screen with a resolution of only 1024 x 600 pixels. This is a very low resolution for 2022, but the price of the tablet is only $60 ($110 for the Kids version).
It is based on an unnamed 2 GHz quad-core processor, which is 30% faster than the solution in the previous generation of the tablet. RAM has doubled, but it’s only 2 GB. Flash memory is available 16 or 32 GB, since there is a slot for microSD. Also autonomy increased by 40%, and now Amazon promises up to 10 hours of work. From the rest, we can note the appeared USB-C port, a 2 megapixel camera and three colors.
Apple wants to use E Ink screens in the iPhone and iPad. The company is testing similar displays as auxiliary displays for flexible models.
Apple may start using E Ink screens in its devices. Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo spoke about this.
Apple is testing an E Ink display for future foldable devices. The E Ink color display can be the go-to solution for foldable devices that need a cover or second screen due to its excellent power savings
Kuo says that Apple considers such screens as additional ones. For example, it can be a small secondary screen on a foldable iPhone or a screen on an iPad case.
E Ink screens only consume energy to change the image, so they are great for such tasks. We have already seen smartphones with such screens, so there is nothing new for the market.
When such devices can enter the market is not yet clear, but Apple may not release the first foldable smartphones until 2025, according to the same analyst.
10-inch 2K screen, Snapdragon 680 and 7100 mAh battery. Oppo is preparing an inexpensive tablet for about $150
A Chinese insider, known on the local social network Weibo under the nickname Digital Chat Station, has published the characteristics of a promising low-cost Oppo tablet. The device, according to the informant, will be in the niche of “one thousand yuan”, that is, the price will be approximately $150.
For such a cost, the device will be well equipped: the tablet will receive a 10.36-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 2K, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 single-chip system, a 7100 mAh battery with support for 18 W fast charging, four speakers and Dolby Atmos support. Release dates, even tentative, are not called.
Digital Chat Station is a reliable informant. He was the first to accurately announce the specifications and release dates of Redmi K30, K40, Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 11.
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