There are abundant entrants to smartphones that accept e-paper displays that will be appear ancient in 2020. The aboriginal E Ink enabled smartphone came out in 2012. This was the original YotaPhone and it featured a abounding blush affectation on the capital awning and an e Ink one on the back. In 2013 Onyx developed their own smartphone, which alone had a distinct E Ink screen. The accession was lukewarm, primarily because it wasn’t absolutely marketed in North America.
The LitePhone 2 kicked off the E Ink distinct awning movement aback they aloft over three actor dollars on Indiegogo aftermost year. Their buzz is currently in Alpha and they should be absolution the artefact appear ancient this year. This accessory is a little bit bigger than a acclaim agenda and the ambit are 91mm x 55mm x 6.5-7.5mm thick. It has 1GB of DDR3 RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Platform and an E Ink Carta screen. It additionally has USB-C, speaker, microphone and aggregate abroad you can expect.
One of the best agitative new phones had an Indiegogo attack and again it abolished and there is no way to acquirement it. This accessory is alleged the Kingrow K1 and it appearance a 5 inch E Ink Carta HD affectation with a resolution of 1280×720 and 283 PPI. It has an adjustable front-light, commodity that no added smartphone in this chic has anytime had. Underneath the awning is a MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763) octa-core processor , 2GB of RAM and 16GB of centralized storage. There is a USB-C anchorage on the basal of the accessory and additionally 2 stereo speakers on the back. There is additionally a advanced camera adverse camera on the prototype, but it is alien if it will be included in the final assembly model. There is additionally an 8MP rear camera with LED beam with auto-focus. It is powered by a admirable 3100 mAh array and you should apprehend about 2 canicule of acceptance aback application apps and authoritative buzz calls. If it is acclimated absolutely as an ebook reader, you can apprehend about a anniversary of array and 13 canicule of standby mode. It is active Android 8.1.
Onyx Boox is activity to be absolution a new E INK smartphone after this year. This is the additional adaptable accessory that they accept developed, the aboriginal one was issued in 2011. The new accessory will accept a actual avant-garde adaptation of Android and admission to the Google Comedy Store.
The Onyx Boox Buzz appearance a distinct awning 5.8 inch E Ink Carta HD affectation with 300PPI. It has a front-lit affectation and blush temperature system. Underneath the awning is a octa-core processor, but the bulk of RAM and centralized accumulator is unknown. It has a USB-C anchorage and there is a fingerprint clairvoyant to lock or alleviate the phone. There is bifold microphones, so alarm affection will be appealing good. There will be SD agenda via the SIM agenda tray. You can accept 2 SIMS or 1 SIM and one SD card.
There are two speakers to comedy music, audiobooks or podcasts. There will be WiFi, 4G / LTE and Bluetooth. Onyx has told me that this accessory apparent at CES is a ancestor and it will be aesthetic and added specs will be aggregate in a ages or two. There is a bifold camera arrangement on the back, the architecture is agnate to the iPhone XS MAX. The exact cardinal of megapixels is unknown, but it will acceptable be 12MP to 18MP.
On a software level, the Onyx Buzz is application Android 9.0, which is their third artefact to use a avant-garde OS. They are currently application a skinned adaptation of Android, calls, argument messages, apps and settings icons are on the capital screen. The Onyx Boox MAX 3 and Note 2 accept a new vertible brace system, which makes web-browsing, watching videos or alive music on an E Ink awning viable. They accept brought Normal Mode, Speed Mode, A2 Approach and X Approach to their phone, so application Android apps will be solid.
Hisense is activity to be absolution a new blush E INK buzz that utilizes the new Print-Color e-paper technology. They are assuming a ancestor off at CES, although the buzz does not accept a name, specs or a absolution date. The new blush e-paper will be accessible for accumulation assembly in Q2 2020, so acceptable the buzz will be appear ancient in Q3.
The new Hisense buzz can affectation 4096 colors, and has ultra-low activity consumption. The awning can abide to affectation aback ability is off. It will be active Google Android and will acceptable accept some array of App Store, conceivably alike Google Play. Hisense has told Acceptable e-reader that this buzz will be primarily marketed in China and awash on JD.com. It charcoal to be apparent if it will accept 4G/LTE bands to assignment in North America.
Michal Kicinski is one of the richest men in Poland and owes best of his affluence to the Witcher/Cyberpunk video games. He started a new aggregation alleged Mudita and is in the action of ablution an E Ink buzz ancient in the abutting few months.
The Mudita Pure features a 2.84 E Ink Carta HD affectation with a resolution of 600×480 and 270 PPI. They are announcement the awning tech as accustomed and beneath abrupt for the eyes. No added bright icons that scream for your attention. Double the resolution of a archetypal affection buzz screen, it’s a accomplished new experience. Customized advanced ablaze makes the awning arresting in absolute sunlight and in the dark, with decidedly bargain dejected ablaze emission.
This accessory is a basal buzz and not a smartphone. It was advised to accept buzz calls and accelerate argument messages, with no distractions of amusing media. They did advance a custom app alleged Meditation Timer, which is basically a breath exercise that will alpha and end with a affable deep, bendable gong sound.
Their GSM bore covers Europe, North and South America, Australia, Africa, and Asia. The bore supports all currently acclimated generations: 2G, 3G and LTE standards at the aforementioned time.
The developers categorical the architecture of this accessible phone. “Pure was advised to be both simple and neutral. It will not baffle with your activity too much, acceptance you to clear yourself from ever immersive technology. We took our afflatus from Japanese and Scandinavian architecture traditions accumulation ZEN aesthetics with attributes itself. Comfortable to hold, the simple anatomy brings to apperception the appearance of a stone.
The phones that we covered in this article, are aloof the ones that accept either hit the bazaar in the accomplished six months, or will be advancing out after this year. You can be abiding that there will be abundant added companies that will absolution their own E INK enabled phones. Blush E-paper will be the bold banker in this administration and 2020 will be a abundant year to bedrock a bargain device.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Acceptable e-Reader. He has been autograph about audiobooks and e-readers for the accomplished ten years. His accessories accept been best up by above and bounded account sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.