Remarkable has announced the second generation of its “digital paper” tablet, one that’s thinner, cheaper, and faster, with longer battery life.
Founded out of Oslo, Norway in 2013, Remarkable has so far been targeting writers and sketchers with a low-latency tablet that replicates paper in digital form, minus all the usual internet-enabled distractions. With its own Linux-based operating system optimized for the 10.3-inch display, the Remarkable tablet strives to get as close as possible to the real paper experience, with the added advantage of being able to sync notes and doodles through companion mobile and desktop apps.
Users can annotate PDFs, create a document from scratch, and sync all their files and creations to the cloud. The device also has a nifty feature that lets users convert handwritten notes to typed text, thanks to optical character recognition (OCR). The original Remarkable tablet launched back in 2017. Now, five months after closing a $15 million series A round, the company is ready to lift the lid on Remarkable version 2.0.
The all-new Remarkable tablet is open for preorders at $399, a full 25% less than its predecessor — and for a limited time this price includes the marker (stylus) and folio sleeve, which normally start at $49 and $69, respectively.
At 0.19 inches thick (4.7mm), the new Remarkable tablet is around 30% thinner than its predecessor, though it is fractionally heavier at 14.2 ounces (405 grams). It also ships with 8GB of internal storage, similar to the first incarnation, and comes with a faster 1.2GHz dual-core ARM processor and a 3,000mAh battery that lasts for 90 days on standby.
“Remarkable 2 supports our design philosophy of helping people think better through powerful technology,” said company CEO Magnus Wanberg. “Our latest tablet is paper-thin, and our innovations in display technology make it so much like writing on paper that it’s hard to tell the difference.”
Though much of the Remarkable tablet’s functionality can be replicated through other digital devices, including an iPad, its core selling point is that its “look and feel” more closely aligns with traditional note-taking while allowing users to tune out all the buzzes and blips from emails and messaging apps. At launch, the Remarkable 2 will also support a new Google Chrome extension that allows users to clip articles from the web and save them to their Remarkable account to read in a cleaner format.
“Today’s world is a frenzied place of ever-evolving technology that increasingly demands more of our time and attention,” Wanberg added. “Remarkable 2 is a step in a more human-friendly direction. It’s designed to help people think.”
The original Remarkable always felt more like a niche device, given its price point — only serious writers and sketchers would consider paying the tablet and marker’s $600 price tag. Those who act quickly can pay less than $400 for the new version, and everyone else will only pay around $450 for the bundle (not including the sleeve).
Remarkable 2 will start shipping in June 2020.