Android tablets have failed to offer a premium user experience, with manufacturers only seeing success once hardware prices dramatically drop, but Casio seems intent on charging an astonishing ¥200,000 (around $2,500) price for its latest tablet. The Paper Writer V-N500 uses its front-facing 5-megapixel camera to automatically scan any documents or business cards placed inside the tablet’s casing. Designed to be used as a mobile scanner aimed at businesses, the tablet also detects any special characters — such as currency symbols — and places the recognized text into its own section. Custom actions can be assigned too: if the V-N500 sees a dollar sign, for instance, it can automatically create a calendar entry.
Other specifications for the tablet are pedestrian by today’s standards — a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 screen, 1.5Ghz dual-core OMAP processor, and Android 4.0 — not to mention that the user interface looks downright scary. Perhaps there’s a reason, then, why the Paper Writer will make a lone appearance in Japan when it’s released in November. Casio says that other regions will follow in the future, but we can’t help but wonder why it’s even considering expanding the reach of this bizarre offering.