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

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



1. No_Nonsense unregistered

Nokia 3310 is back?

17. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

And I'm here because?

20. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

because you read the article and felt like commenting..

2. MeoCao unregistered

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

3. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

4. abdullahgulabi

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

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

14. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

5. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

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

6. StrumerJohn

Posts: 66; Member since: May 18, 2011

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

7. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

we just went a step backward

8. Seymur unregistered

BlackBerry monochrome

9. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 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=)

10. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

11. Suitup

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 19, 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?

12. hltechie unregistered

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

13. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

19. torchh

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

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

15. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

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

16. ChangMin2012

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

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

18. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 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.

21. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

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

22. workoli

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 02, 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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