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LENOVO SMART PAPER vs KOBO ELIPSA: Which e-ink tablet is best?

This page was created to explore the similarities and differences between two e-ink tablets; the LENOVO SMART PAPER, and the KOBO ELIPSA.

This is currently a simplified comparison consisting of a table of side-by-side specifications, and review cards of each tablet, outlining their pros and cons. If a tablet has a rating then you can also click on it for a full and detailed review of the tablet.

I do write detailed ‘versus‘ comparisons, however because I am only one person it is impractical for me to compare every single e-ink tablet against every other one! So if you think that this page would benefit from being fleshed out with additional information and my own thoughts and opinions, then feel free to drop me an email at dan@ewritable.com – I will prioritise pages that get the most requests 🙂

Additional E-Ink Tablet Resources

If you’re new to e-ink tablets, you may wish to take a look at:

I have also created a gigantic e-ink comparison table (which is also searchable/filterable, so you can whittle down your search to the tablets that best meet your needs).

And a list of (what I believe to be) the best e-ink tablets can be found here.

Now, onto the comparison between the LENOVO SMART PAPER and the KOBO ELIPSA.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the KOBO ELIPSA and LENOVO SMART PAPER

PRODUCTLENOVO SMART PAPERKOBO ELIPSA
Specs & ratings infoLENOVO SMART PAPER
Not yet rated
KOBO ELIPSA
Not yet rated
My Rating
Price (approx)$550
$400
Limited availability
ManufacturerLenovoKobo
Release year20232021
SCREENLENOVO SMART PAPERKOBO ELIPSA
Screen typeCarta 1200Carta 1200
Screen size10.3"10.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 x 18721404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)227dpi227dpi
Colour
Screen resolution (Colour)n/an/a
Screen density (Colour)n/an/a
Frontlight
Wacom compatible
Buy
HARDWARELENOVO SMART PAPERKOBO ELIPSA
CPU1.8GHz quad-core1.8 GHz quad-core
RAM4Gb1Gb
Storage64Gb32Gb
Battery3550mAh2400mAh
Super Refresh
Keyboard folio
Speakers
Microphone
G-Sensor
Ceramic Tip
Bluetooth
Fingerprint scanner
SD card slot
Rear camera
Front camera
Waterproof
USB-C
Width195mm193mm
Height226mm227.5mm
Thickness5.5mm7.6mm
Weight408g383g
Buy
SOFTWARELENOVO SMART PAPERKOBO ELIPSA
Operating systemAndroid 11KoboOS
Google Play Store
Kindle support
Handwriting search
Handwriting conversion
Insert shapes
Insert images
Split screen
Custom templates
No. templates40+35+
Brush typesBallpoint, Pencil, Mechanical pencil, Calligraphy, Fineliner, Pen, Marker, Paintbrush, HighlighterBallpoint Pen, Fountain Pen, Calligraphy Pen, Brush, Highlighter
Screen share
ADE support
File formatsPDF, EPUB, DOC, PPT, TXT, RTF, HTMLPDF, EPUB, EPUB3, TXT, HTML, FlePub, CBZ, CBR, MOBI
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMPPNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFF
File formats (Audio)-Kobo Audiobooks (via Bluetooth)
Buy
BUYLENOVO SMART PAPERKOBO ELIPSA
Where to buyLenovo
Amazon BE
Amazon DE
Amazon IT
Amazon NL
Amazon PL
Amazon UK
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
Rakuten
Amazon AU
Amazon BE
Amazon CA
Amazon DE
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
Amazon NL
Amazon PL
Amazon UK
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTLENOVO SMART PAPERKOBO ELIPSA

To compare even more e-ink tablets, click here for the full comparison table.

LENOVO SMART PAPER Review Card

KOBO ELIPSA Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Great e-reader
  • Read DRM-protected ebooks (via ADE)
  • Innovative advanced notebooks
  • Frontlight
  • Good handwriting recognition
  • Backed by a major corporation

Cons

  • Sub-par writing experience
  • Easily damaged
  • Not very versatile
  • Stylus requires batteries
  • Cannot export highlights/annotations
  • Feels a bit 'clunky'

The Kobo Elipsa is a lightweight 10.3" e-reader with some innovative note-taking features but the tactile writing experience is lacking, and the whole ecosystem feels a bit 'clunky'. Kobo have now replaced the Elipsa with Elipsa 2E.

About the author

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Dan Dutton is passionate about E-ink writing tablets, which bring together the pleasure of writing on paper with the power of digital technology. When he bought his first tablet, he realised that there wasn't a lot of unbiased information available for people that were considering buying an E-ink tablet, and so he built eWritable.

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