Fujitsu is getting into digital note taking devices in Japan with the A5 and A4, which are rebranded Sony Digital Papers. They have revised the Android operating system so it is different and it does not need any apps to transfer content to and from the device, which should appeal to some.
The Quaderno A5 features a 13.3 inch E-Ink Carta screen with a resolution of 2200 x 1650 and 207 PPI. The screen is completely flush with the bezel and not only does this make the device have a premium feel, it also provides a ton of benefits. You can easily draw edge to edge, which is quite useful for people who are editing a full screen PDF file.
Underneath the hood is a Marvell IAP140 64-bit Quad-core IoT Applications Processor and ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, up to 1.2GHz, and has a separate power low-power Cortex M3. It has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, but when you power it on the first time, there is 11 GB. The rest is reserved for the Google Android operating system and some of the stock PDF templates that are available.
The Quaderno A4 features an E-Ink Carta display with a resolution of 1872×1404 with 227 PPI. It has a capacitive layer for touchscreen interactions and also one for the stylus to take notes and write on PDF files.
The screen itself doesn’t have a back or front light, and has the slightly gray background of lower-cost Kindles. The PPI is not as sharp as the standard 300-ppi display on the latest ebook readers, and you can tell that when trying to read very small text or look at maps. The 16 levels of grayscale are standard for E Ink and are fine for graphs, charts, documents or maps.
Underneath the hood is a Marvell IAP 140 64-bit Quad-core IoT Applications Processor,1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, WIFI and Bluetooth 4.2. The dimensions are 174.2 × 243.5 × 5.9 mm and it weighs approximately 240 g.
The software is more or less the same, except it has a different UI. You can copy edited PDF files from your MAC/PC/Smartphone to the Quaderno, without the need of a dedicated app. There are many templates to choose from when wanting to freehand draw or take notes. There is sheet music, calendars, college rules and blank ones.
Fujitsu told Good e-Reader at Wacom Connected Ink 2019 that they are initially selling them in Japan until they can release English firmware and then will sell them internally.
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