A smartphone with an e-ink screen – would you use it? (video)

The excellent Digital Reader blog found a very interesting video, showing a prototype of an e-ink smartphone, being under development by Onyx International, a Chinese manufacturer of e-ink e-readers.

If you assume that due to a low refresh rate e-ink screens usually have, dialing 999 will be a nightmare, just watch the video. The screen animations are actually pretty smooth and quick.

The Onyx e-ink smartphone, rumored to be launched some time next year, will have WiFi, 3G, and will be running on Android.

I’m not sure what size the screen is, but it looks to me like this is the 4.3″ screen found on the Trekstor Pyrus Mini. But I can tell you that the screen is flexible, the touchscreen is capacitive, and the battery life is expected to be 1 month.

One clear benefit is using the smartphone in the bright sun, but the question is how many times it was actually a problem with an LCD screen. The e-ink is limiting the use of the smartphone to pretty basic features, like dialing or checking emails. No fun with games or picture-based applications.

Would you be willing to use such a smartphone?

Via The Digital Reader.