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13.3-inch Sony tablet is like Etch A Sketch on steroids

Perfect for handwriting or sketches, the large but lightweight Digital Paper notepad is just over a quarter of an inch thick and weighs just 12.6 ounces.

Sony Digital Paper
Sony's 13.3-inch Digital Paper tablet is based on durable plastic TFT technology.

If you love doodling with a pen but hate accumulating paper, Sony and E Ink are coming out with a tablet/digital notepad that's large and relatively light for its size compared to big e-readers.

The 13.3-inch Digital Paper touch-panel display was recently shown off at Educational IT Solutions Expo (EDIX) in Tokyo. Sony is planning to try it out at Japanese universities and bring it to the general market this year.

It incorporates the E Ink Mobius electronic paper display, announced earlier this month. Mobius is based on thin film transistor (TFT) technology developed by Sony and is being billed as the first large-format flexible display to enter mass production.

Built on a plastic substrate, they can be much lighter than glass-based TFTs, with 13.3-inch screens weighing only 2.1 ounces.

Sony's tablet has a 1,200x1,600 pixel gray-scale display, weighs 12.6 ounces, and is just over a quarter of an inch thick. It has 4GB internal memory, Wi-Fi, micro SD, and micro USB slots.

A charge of its lithium ion battery lasts approximately three weeks if the Wi-Fi is off, according to Sony.

As seen in the video below from DigInfo, you can rest your hand on the screen while writing on it, something you can't always do with conventional tablets.

Would you want to write with this?