E-ink Phone by Onyx International
Chinese e-book manufacturer Onyx International is currently working on a smartphone with an e-ink touchscreen. The prototype phone uses an android operating system and has wi-fi and 3G technology.
The e-ink screen means the phone is much lighter and thinner than conventional smartphones and can be read in direct sunlight. The low consumption display gives a much longer battery life – approximately up to a week with ‘average usage’. As e-ink screens can be made from a variety of materials, including plastic, the phone’s screen is slightly flexible and therefore much more resilient than the average LCD screen.
E-ink technology is currently only available in monochrome and has slower refresh speeds than LCD screens, meaning certain functions, such as video or gaming, would be limited.
An official launch date has not yet been announced, but the phone is expected to be released next year.