Full E-Ink Display Smartphone on Display at MWC 2013

The world of smartphones is currently occupied by the likes of Super AMOLED, Super LCD, and other similar technologies. These aim to provide you with amazing colors and high resolutions. However, over at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, there’s a different kind of smartphone that’s going about things in an entirely different way. That’s because it has an e-ink display instead.

Yes, this would mean that it would have a similar look as the Kobo Glo eReader or other e-ink devices, but it really is a true smartphone with true smartphone functionality. You can read e-books, to be sure, as well as send e-mails and even surf the web. The refresh rate of the e-ink display makes video impossible and it’s a grayscale display, so you won’t get any color. But hey, there are reasons why you’d want an e-ink phone.

While it may not be able to achieve the 35-day battery life of a certain Nokia, it’s going to far outlast any other conventional smartphone. Because of the cheaper parts involved, the e-ink phone will also be substantially less expensive. The e-ink visibility in harsh sunlight should be better too.

Full E-Ink Display Smartphone on Display at MWC 2013

There are two versions being shown off at MWC. Both of them are powered by Android with a stripped down UI to suit the e-ink experience. The higher end of the two is the white model with its 3G radio, while the black model is left with just EDGE. The black prototype does come with a backlight, though, while the white one apparently does not. You’d probably want that backlight if you plan on using this phone just about anywhere it’s even remotely dim.

I don’t expect big boys like Motorola or Sony to jump on board with this, but Chinese OEM Fndroid is apparently shopping it around to carriers and they’re hoping to launch something this year.


Via TechCrunch

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