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Less color, more battery: see the $200 E Ink Android phone that lasts a week

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Less color, more battery: see the $200 E Ink Android phone that lasts a week
If you don't care about HD or Full HD resolution, or even color, then the EUR 150 (~$197)E Ink Android phone is for you, and was on displays at the MWC expo. 

This proof-of-concept device runs on a golden oldie Android Gingerbread, and sports one of the biggest advantages of electronic ink displays - a week of battery life. It is also as visible outside as a sheet of paper, and has no fancy packaging to weigh the phone down, so the handset is feathery light. 

Granted, with today's smartphones being more a tool for media consumption, and less for anything else, the E Ink Android phone doesn't stand much chance, but the makers are certain the screen can make inroads as a secondary display on the back of LCD or AMOLED phones, for instance, allowing a quick info glance any time without sucking the battery dry.

source: LaptopMag

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posted on 28 Feb 2013, 07:25 2

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Eh that doesn't look good

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 09:04 11

8. donfem (Posts: 554; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


As usual, the benefit of an innovation is too much for your comprehension.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 15:00 1

21. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


That's not innovation. Kindle already has e ink and free 3G.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 20:55

27. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


Kindles free 3g is limited now.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 09:09 18

11. tedkord (Posts: 5263; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Don't worry, I'm sure Apple will file for a patent on an E-ink smartphone later this week, then you can gush over the concept and claim this phone was copied from it.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 15:25 2

23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Why does it always have to be about Apple?

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 15:37 5

24. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


You tell us, you're the one obsessed.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 07:30 7

2. PhoenixWright (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


I'd actually consider buying this if it was available 10 years ago. but I like the concept though. maybe if it goes down to 10$ then I'd get one :D

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 07:33 7

3. the_best (Posts: 137; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


i want a phone where i can turn on and off the color, whenever i want.
that would be great for battery!

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 07:49

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Actually I'm thinking of a dual-layer screen, how cool would that be? One proper backlit fullHD screen and a monochrome now-consuming lower res one over it, so when the regular screen turns off you still get all the information like time, updates, connections, battery stats, weather status etc., always displayed without having to touch the device to get the info. I hereby patent this by internet post.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:14

14. JunBringer (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


I'd like to buy one please.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 02:17

28. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


thats what is written in the last few lines of the article!!!

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 11:45

18. ibap (Posts: 710; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


http://www.notionink.com/about.php

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 07:43 5

4. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


E-ink displays are only suitable for e-book readers

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 07:48

5. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Even the littlest innovations create simplicity. Good job (: Don't stop advancing humanity.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 08:04 1

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Tetris? Anyone??

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 09:04 4

9. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


this is what I use my phone for:
calling, texting, internet browsing/reading,
calendar, NotePad, checking bus/train arrivals, maps, sport apps to check scores, Skype, alarm, imdb

I don't play games or watch videos, so if this phone gives me battery that lasts a week tell me why should not I consider it?

and I do believe there are more people like me. feel free to thumb me down if it makes you happy.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 09:30

13. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


So... you could very well be using a feature phone :)

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 18:06

25. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


The internet on a feature phone is lacking. I'm sure the maps experience is probably lacking with a smaller screen. Do feature phones have free GPS now? I dont really know.

I kinda agree with you tho. Is the calander and Notepad worth using on a feature phone? Again, dont really know.

His and my uses are almost identical. I dont use Skype. And I do play games and watch videos.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 09:08

10. tedkord (Posts: 5263; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Looks like it has serious touch screen sensitivity issues.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 09:16

12. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 397; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


That would actually be incredibly cool! As much as I love my GS3, it just barely squeezes out a day. A whole week sounds amazing! This could be really great for texting, phone calls, and even web browsing/social networking! But I would miss taking and looking at pictures took much. Not to mention you can get a One V from Virgin for $100 on Amazon! Maybe in the future or as a back up though.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:16

15. AnnDroid (Posts: 53; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


What is that? A toy? Tiny phone, from yesteryear?

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:42

16. kozza3 (Posts: 575; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


will they ever have color e-ink?

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:48

17. sagemda (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Dec 2012)


do u know how to use a camera (......late focus......)

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 11:46

19. ibap (Posts: 710; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Yota-Phone-dual-screen-with-e-Ink-Android-smartphone-gets-a-full-video-demo_id37685

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 14:36

20. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


i would love to browse the web with a display like that, most of what i do is text anyway so fancy color doesn't really matter

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 15:19

22. SkOne (Posts: 87; Member since: 02 May 2012)


But how can i watch my porn on this?

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 18:09

26. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


A phone like this is a perfect example of what I said recently....All Android phones dont have bad battery life. Battery life isnt that important to me to get this...lol. I will either get a phone with a huge non removable battery, or get a phone with a removable battery.

I will also check on battery life tests, reviews before getting a phone. Anandtech is almost spot on for battery tests. PA too.....whenever they do battery tests again...lol. For some reason the writers here dont do it as much or anymore...bring it back.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 02:24

29. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I recall the e-ink Nokia dashboard phone in that Startrek movie.

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