New low cost 3G smartphone uses e-ink to keep the price down

New low cost 3G smartphone uses e-ink to keep the price down
A Chinese company called Fndroid is working with Eink to develop a 3G smartphone that would priced as cheaply as a featurephone. Some of the advantages of such a device would be longer battery life, Sunlight viewability and the display would be easy on the eyes. Fndroid has produced two prototypes that have been displayed at MWC 2013. One model (in white) is equipped with a 1GHz processor and a 3G chip, while the other model (in black) offers EDGE connectivity. And while the phone does run on Android, it has a rather limited UI that concentrates on features that work well with Eink's display such as email, a reader app and a dialer. Obviously, video is not supported, but text from web sites can be read.

One of the prototypes has a backlight to help view the screen in the dark, but the screen's refresh rate is a lot slower than what you are accustomed to. If ghosting is a problem, a quick shake of the phone removes it from the screen. According to Eink's Giovanni Mancini, director of the screen producer's product management, Fndroid is currently in the process of talking with carriers about releasing the phone sometime later this year.

source: Fndroid, Eink via TechCrunch



1. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

In the title are you saying this project is a 'Lost Cause' or that it will be 'Low Cost'?

2. inertiatic

Posts: 34; Member since: May 29, 2012

Is this pronounced "effindroid"?

3. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

*Low Cost

4. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

I'd like to see someone use a photo editing app on this. You could do some pro color balance.

5. vincent95

Posts: 17; Member since: May 19, 2012

Seriously? Do we really need this? You can get 4G smartphones on contract for FREE nowadays. If this comes to the U.S. which I hope it doesn't, it would have to NOT require a data plan.

10. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Would probably good for older people or people with poor eyesight. As well as people who do only want to use the phone for keeping track of appointments, emails, and looking up information.

6. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

Im unsure what to think of this, this is more of a non camera/video/game phone that would only be ok to text, call,and listen to music on.

7. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Can anyone tell me what's the point of running Android on this?

8. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Because its a great OS for mobile phone. now shhhh

11. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Using an outdated version of the OS with more limitations than benefits? Yeah, seems worth it, doesn't it? Thumb me down if that makes you feel better, I'm not bashing the platform, I'm just questioning the purpose of it.

9. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Wow! YES PLEASE!!! This is the end for Android's poor batt life.!

12. GeekMovement unregistered

Looks like the Galaxy S III those rounded phones.

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