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

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.

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29 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Eh that doesn't look good

8. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

27. Das70

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

Kindles free 3g is limited now.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Why does it always have to be about Apple?

24. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

You tell us, you're the one obsessed.

2. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 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

3. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

14. JunBringer

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

I'd like to buy one please.

28. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

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

18. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

4. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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

5. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Tetris? Anyone??

9. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 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.

13. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

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

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Looks like it has serious touch screen sensitivity issues.

12. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 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.

15. AnnDroid

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

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

16. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

will they ever have color e-ink?

17. sagemda

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

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

20. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 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

22. SkOne

Posts: 105; Member since: May 02, 2012

But how can i watch my porn on this?

26. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

29. jsdechavez

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

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

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