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This Android smartphone has an e-ink screen, will last a week on a single charge

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This Android smartphone has an e-ink screen, will last a week on a single charge
In case you've ever handled a non-color Kindle e-book reader, you know how neat those e-ink screens actually are. Sure, their slow refresh rate can be annoying, but their outdoor visibility is excellent, not to mention that the technology behind them sucks minimum amounts of battery power. Now, have you ever wondered what would happen if a smartphone was made using this type of screen?

Wonder no more as the Chinese company Onyx International has already made one. And surprisingly, it runs Android, albeit in a heavily modified form in order to make the interface usable on the black-and-white e-ink screen. Using the smartphone under broad daylight is no problem at all, as you are about to see in the video below, and the battery of the device is said to last for an entire week.

Unfortunately, the smartphone experience is totally destroyed by the limitations of the e-ink screen, such as the lack of colors and the slow refresh rate. In other words, forget about enjoying YouTube videos, playing Angry Birds, or having any kind of fun with this handset. So yeah, perhaps an e-ink smartphone isn't such a good idea, even though it has its advantages, but we'd also like to hear your opinion on the matter. Drop us a line below and tell us what you think of it!
 
source: ARM Devices via Slash Gear


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posted on 19 Oct 2012, 04:32 6

1. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Nokia 3310 is back?

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 12:21

17. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


And I'm here because?

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 21:20

20. bayusuputra (Posts: 945; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


because you read the article and felt like commenting..

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 04:46 10

2. MeoCao (unregistered)


You can get a brick and no charge is ever required LOL

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 04:46 2

3. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Good for browsing... but I'd prefer a 7" tablet.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 04:49 5

4. abdullahgulabi (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


actually pretty neat for e-mail, chat, SMS, calls and even RSS!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:25

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


Or we can try playing angry birds, NFS shift...in greyscale if the hardware allows us, lol!!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 05:06 2

5. pegasso (Posts: 189; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


e-ink is good for secondary display, not main display.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 05:08 6

6. StrumerJohn (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 May 2011)


That nexus is not at maximum brightness... >.>

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 05:23 3

7. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


we just went a step backward

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 05:42 1

8. Seymur (unregistered)


BlackBerry monochrome

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 06:01

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


lagga as hell, but its a nice prototype.. it would be neat to be able to charge once a week again, like in the good old days=)

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 06:45

10. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


lol... use a nokia phone that has ClearBlack Display... and enjoy watching youtube and playing angry birds under the sun!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 07:18 1

11. Suitup (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)


Anybody else find it ironic that a phone that only needs to be charged weekly, has a low battery and displays connect charger within the first couple of minutes of the video?

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 07:55 1

12. hltechie (unregistered)


I'm trying to imaging black and white Angry Birds lol

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:18

13. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 636; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


What happened to Mirasol non-backlight fast-response color displays?

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 13:01

19. torchh (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


Being used in 4 e-book readers, according to Qualcomm:

http://www.qualcomm.com/mirasol/products

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 12:46 1

15. ibap (Posts: 711; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


How about the Adam screen, which overlays an e-ink and a color display?

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 11:56

16. ChangMin2012 (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


Come to Sprint, it's going to be awesome for a starter-midranger phone.

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 12:59 1

18. Joshua9007 (Posts: 80; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I would think of it more as a phone for developing nations, not even a low end phone in the us would sell if it didn't at least have a color screen. I don't think someone would even take it for free on a prepay carrier when there are $20 basic phones with color screens.
On the flip side, I would like to see a tablet that had a duel layer screen that could be used as an e-reader and save the battery. Also, I would think maybe this technology could be combined with existing technology to improve battery use of today's screens.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 21:21

21. bayusuputra (Posts: 945; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


No more angry birds, but we'll get those Snakes again.. and tetris probably..

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 12:39

22. workoli (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Ohh you young silly kids...
I need an android eink phone! Long accu period and no more annoying flash advertisement. Only the real valid content. Ebooks anywere anytime. Yummy.

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