OLED or LC displays are the current standard for tabletsThe Chinese startup Eewrite takes a slightly different approach: as part of a Kickstarter campaign, the company promotes a tablet called E-Pad, which has an e-ink screen similar to the E- Readers is used. In addition, you should be able to draw on the display with a pen as on paper. The slightly different tablet arouses interest – the funding target has already been achieved.
E-ink display for the tablet
Eewrite uses Wacom technology for the E-Pad, which provides 4096 different stylus pressure levels. This should allow to write with the pen almost like on paper. Thanks to palm detection, the user can place the palm of his hand on the display.
The tablet will be delivered with a 10.3-inch screen with a resolution of 1872 x 1404 pixels. This allows an image sharpness of 228 pixels per inch (PPI). The promise of being able to write on paper suggests that the surface of the display will be dull. From a number of 400 supporters, the tablet should also get a backlight.
No games and videos
The operating system is Google's Android used, which means that for the tablet numerous apps would be available. While the e-ink display is ideal for writing and drawing apps, Eewrite also seems to have failed to provide a reasonable representation of moving images on e-ink displays. With games and Youtube it looks bad. For the power-saving operation of the display according to the manufacturer allows a running time of up to one week.
Details about the hardware are also known: Eewrite uses a Helio X20 chipset, 2 GB RAM, Bluetooth, WLAN, an LTE module and an expansion slot for SD cards. The latter is also necessary because the tablet should only offer 32 GB of internal flash memory. The price for the e-pad is about 400 euros without and 422 euros with stylus.
If you want to order an E-Pad now, be forewarned: Crowdfunding projects always carry a risk. Not infrequently it happens that a product is never finished developing and accordingly never reaches the backer. The fact that the funding target was only 9000 euros (now more than 160,000 euros have come together) could be a warning signal.