Lenovo Smart Paper does more than the Kindle Scribe

Lenovo Smart Paper is an e-ink tablet that wants to be your library and your notebook

Lenovo Smart Paper
Lenovo Smart Paper competes directly with the Kindle Scribe

No stranger to using e-Ink as displays in some of their laptops, Lenovo is unveiling a stand-alone e-ink tablet at CES. Lenovo Smart Paper targets note-taking fans who want a slim and light device without sacrificing power.

Lenovo is also announcing the Lenovo Tab Extreme, for those looking for a large tablet experience (think 14.5 inches!) that manages to outshine the iPad Pro.

Lenovo Smart Paper

Lenovo has designed the Lenovo Smart Paper for those who prefer note-taking to typing but want a lightweight device to do it. Lenovo’s solution is the Lenovo Smart Paper digital notepad, which sports a 10.3” e-Ink display with an 1872 x 1404 resolution, automatic screen adjustment, and 24 adjustable temperature tones.

The device weighs just 408g and features an all-metal casing to protect the device during everyday use.

Under the hood, the Lenovo Smart Paper is powered by a RockChip RK3566 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The device runs Android AOSP 11.

The Lenovo Smart Paper works with an active battery-less stylus that Lenovo claims will replicate the pen-on-paper feel alongside nine other pen settings, including ballpoint, marker, and calligraphy. The pen offers 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and 23ms latency. Plus, Lenovo Smart Paper comes with 74 notepad templates to help users get started with notetaking quickly.

Inside the Lenovo Smart paper is a dual microphone setup that can aid with notetaking and studying by allowing users to record audio from meetings and lectures as they take notes, so that later on they can playback sections of the audio by selecting a text they wrote or listening to the entire lecture or meeting again.

The Lenovo Smart Paper also supports handwriting-to-text functionality, allowing users to transcribe their audio recordings and translate text.

The device is powered by a 3,550mAh battery, which should allow users to read up to 7,000 pages and write up to 170 pages of notes on a single charge.

Lenovo also announced that users of the Lenovo Smart Paper would have access to over two million books on eBooks.com.

Smart Paper, and cloud backup for their files, with the ability to sync across Android, iOS, and Windows devices.

A specific 2023 release date for the Lenovo Smart Paper has yet to be announced, but Lenovo announced that pricing for the Lenovo Smart Paper would start at $399.99.

Lenovo Tab Extreme

Lenovo Tab Extreme
Packing in a 14.5-inch display, the Lenovo Tab Extreme is Lenovo’s largest tablet yet

Packing in a 14.5-inch display, the Lenovo Tab Extreme is Lenovo’s biggest and most powerful tablet yet.

The tablet comes with a TÜV Rheinland-certified 3000 x 1876 OLED display, with a capacity for up to a 120Hz refresh rate. The tablet is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 Octa-core processor, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, and it comes running Android 13.

The audio on the device is powered by a Lenovo Premium Audio System with eight Octa JBL 4-channel speakers and Dolby Atmos support. When it comes to imaging, the Lenovo Tab Extreme has a 13MP camera with an RGB sensor in front and a 13MP + 5MP camera setup at the back. There’s also a Fingerprint sensor on the power key for quick unlock.

The Lenovo Tab Extreme is powered by a 12,300mAh battery, which is supposed to provide up to 12 hours of video playback. It also comes with a 68W charging adapter in the box.

When it comes to accessories, Lenovo is offering a dual-mode stand designed to support an easy transition from using the device for entertainment to using it for work. The stand allows users to position their tablet horizontally or vertically and tilt it to a comfortable angle.

The tablet comes preloaded with useful Lenovo apps like the Lenovo Freestyle app which allows the user to multitask using a split screen or wirelessly connect to a Lenovo Windows PC to extend their workspace.

Lenovo did not announce a specific 2023 launch date for the Lenovo Tab Extreme, but pricing is expected to start at $1199.99.

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