This Android smartphone has an e-ink screen, will last a week on a single charge
posted by Nick T. / Oct 19, 2012, 4:29 AM
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
Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 20, 2012
actually pretty neat for e-mail, chat, SMS, calls and even RSS!
posted on Oct 19, 2012, 4:49 AM 5
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What happened to Mirasol non-backlight fast-response color displays?
posted on Oct 19, 2012, 8:18 AM 0
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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 Oct 20, 2012, 12:59 PM 1
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