If you though that Lenovo Yoga Book brought a proper imitation of the pen and paper experience, well guess again. It appears that a device called reMarkable pulls one up, offering an even more paper-realistic experience. It’s a 10.3 inch tablet that was announced today and it comes with a special CANVAS display.


The paper-like screen is perfect for readers, writers and people who doodle and sketch. reMarkable is available on pre-order for $379, which is actually a discount from the usual price of $716. This price will bring you the tablet, its stylus and a folio case. The product arrives in the summer of 2017 and it packs a black and white CANVAS panel, that has no glass parts.


It looks and feels like paper, offering ink-like black tones. The screen has an atypical 1872 x 1404 pixel resolution, 226 DPI and it’s powered by E-Ink technology, with the contribution of the company E Ink among others. The core of the experience is the very low latency of just 55 millisecond, making drawing and writing more realistic.


The stylus bundled here needs no battery and uses a high-friction pen tip, simulating the real pen experience. The functioning time is supposed to be “days on end”, with a single charge, but we don’t exactly know how many. The device does PDF and ePUB support and also brings 8 GB of storage. There’s no way to pirate this model apparently, so no way of getting other OSes on it.


  • Robert Jasiek

    “The paper-like screen is perfect for readers” – no!

    The reMarkable’s display advantages are matte, 4:3 ratio, over 200ppi and stylus – all great features. The display would be perfect if it also had colours including 16 bit grey scale, the chassis would be symmetric (instead of having a wider bottom margin) and there be no ugly hardware buttons on the bottom.

    Sony’s Digital Paper suffers from similar shortcomings and annoys with its permanently attached pen loop.

    Toshiba’s Dynapad (as a tablet) has colours and a very light carbon chassis but has a suboptimal 3:2 ratio and suffers from a glare (instead of matte, outdoor-friendly) display.

    The perfect display for reading / annotation purposes on a portable device does not exist yet: matte, 4:3 ratio, over 200ppi, stylus, colours incl. 16 bit grey scale, symmetric chassis, no hardware button on the front, no permanently attached pen loop, 450+ cd/m^2 brightness, 1:800+ contrast, no TN but IPS, IGZO or OLED. Needless to say, we also need at least all-day battery life (meaning 16h+), fluent GUI and easy software use (such as PDF text editing and ordinary browsing without any latency), very good WLAN, browser for surfing and all standard file exchange and viewing protocols and softwares. A very light chassis with round edges and palm rejection are nice too.

    Current devices are half-baked. Colours but not matte, matte but no colours and grey scales, nice basic design but annoying margins, buttons or loops, etc. The technology for the perfect device exists but all manufacturers continue to fail creating it. How long do we need to wait until a portable device gets a display as good as a desktop monitor with the mentioned features? Another 10 years, 20 years, 30 years?