Take a look at the Lenovo Yoga Paper e-notebook first

Lenovo has invested in E INK electronic paper in the past. They released a few laptops with an extra screen, but they were quite expensive and didn’t sell that well. Over the past few weeks, the company decided to take advantage of the growing e-note space to release its first dedicated E INK product, Yoga Paper. Lenovo is a big player in the consumer tech market, so it’s fair to say that they might have a serious competitor to the Huawei MattePad Paper. You can buy Yoga Paper from the Good e-Reader Store and it comes with a free case and stylus.

The YOGA Paper e-note has a 10.3-inch E INK Carta HD e-paper screen with a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels and 212 PPI. This is the first pure E INK device that Lenovo has ever made and it is very impressive. The screen is flush with the frame and protected by a layer of glass. Users can take advantage of the front light to read comfortably in dark or dimly lit environments, although you can also turn off the light and see the screen using only ambient light. And the tablet works with a cover that automatically puts the device to sleep when the screen is covered.

The matte screen layer also helps with writing by providing a non-slip surface while restoring true pen damping. The pen is also extremely sensitive, with just 23ms of latency, all of which Lenovo says offers silky-smooth typing. The stylus is similar to the iReader X Pen, but slightly smaller. It has 4095 degrees of pressure sensitivity, so the harder you press, the thicker the lines become. The screen also has palm rejection technology.

Overall, the basic design features thin bezels on three sides and a thicker book on the left, which also comes with a groove to accommodate the digital pen. Lenovo said the thick left stem allows the device to be held easily and accommodates both left- and right-handed users. The user interface also offers many customization options. For example, the menu bar can be removed to allow more content to be displayed.

Under the hood is a Rockchip RK3566 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of memory. It has Bluetooth 5.2, USB-C and a 3500 battery that has a capacity of 10 weeks before recharging. It supports optical character recognition (OCR) for note-taking, although its stylus can also be used for drawing. You can connect the Yoga Paper to an external display as it has wireless support for this sort of thing.

The user interface also supports split-screen operation, with one half working independently of the other. As Lenovo stated, one usage scenario could be a language translation with half of the display used to show the original content and the translated part displayed on the other half. Plus, there are ways to customize your wallpaper, clock, calendar, notes, messages, and more. Also, with more than 70 note-taking templates that come with the device, it’s easy to start taking notes right away. Other convenient features include conference recording and playback of notes or handwriting to text along with easy sharing options. All this can make things much easier for office workers as well as students, teachers and researchers.

Lenovo ships with Android 11 and has a small app store full of Chinese apps. Unfortunately, you can’t sideload into your own apps or an alternative app store. Lenovo disables apps from unknown sources with this model. It remains to be seen if their Smart Paper, which is the international edition model, will be any different.

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