We’ve seen a variety of companies exploring the segment of E Ink and ePaper tablets, but reMarkable is one of the few that stuck around. They’re back with a reMarkable 2 model, that uses a big electronic paper display, which promises generous battery life and support for pen input that feels like real pen and paper.
It’s been almost 3 years since the first reMarkable shipped, so now it’s time for version 2.0. The device keeps the core idea, meaning you get a device with a larger electronic paper display, but also long battery life and support for a pen that lets you draw or write. The difference is that the new model is thinner, faster and also has improved battery life. The product is already up fore preorder for $399 and it’s supposed to ship in June. During the preorder period, the device’s price also bundles a folio cover, a “Marker” pen and shipping costs.
When it’ll be available commercially the price will balloon to $535, which is kind of steep, considering you could even get two decent iPads for it. Anyway, this newcomer packs a 10.3 inch 1872 x 1404 pixel display, a second generation CANVAS display, which relies partially on E Ink technology. The screen only uses power when the image is changing, by the way, so it can show a static image for a very long period of time. reMarkable promises up to two weeks of battery life with normal use, or 90 days of standby.
There’s a 3000 mAh battery here and we also get the promise of pressure sensitive input and tilt sensitivity. Then there’s the 21 ms lantecy, so you can get closer to the pen and paper experience. Inside the slate we find a 1.2 GHz dual core ARM-based processor, 1 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 8 GB of storage. It’s all hosted inside a 4.7 mm thick device, that weighs 405 grams. It also has WiFi and USB-C, plus it runs on a Linux-based Codex OS. I think that students could actually love this, provided schools will ever reopen…