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Onyx's new e-ink phone prototype has Android Pie and multiple screen refresh speeds

The Consumer Electronics Show is always full of surprises, and one of them this year was a pre-production smartphone with a color e-ink screen from Hisense. While Stephen wasn't convinced of the device's usability during a hands-on demo, Hisense doesn't seem to be the only company working on an e-ink phone.

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Hisense is bringing color e-ink screens to smartphones, but maybe it shouldn't

Your smartphone's screen is a glutton. Sure, it may be beautiful, high-res, and with action as smooth as silk, but every second you're staring at it your phone's battery is just ravenously being sucked dry. Manufacturers have been working since smartphones existed to mitigate that problem, but progress has been a series of baby steps. Now a new tech promises to turn screen power consumption on its head, adapting the sort of low-power B&W e-ink screen you'll find on devices like Kindles to show a full range of colors.

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Kingrow K1 phone with e-ink screen arrives on Indiegogo, but you shouldn't buy one

Last month, phone manufacturer Yota Devices declared bankrupcy and began shutting down. That company was best known for its Yota Phone, a phone with an e-ink display on the back for on-the-go reading. If you're still longing for a phone with a paper display, the 'Kingrow K1' might be the answer.

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YotaPhone 3 will arrive later this year and start at $350

Pictured: YotaPhone 2

Every once in a while, a smartphone comes to the market with a totally unique feature or form factor. There was the Galaxy S4 Zoomthe dual-screen Kyocera Echo, and Samsung's projector phone to name a few. The original YotaPhone, which included an e-ink display on the back side, certainly fits into this category.

The YotaPhone 2 was released in late 2014 for some regions, but the North American release was cancelled.

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The YotaPhone 2 Gets A White Version, A Price Drop, And A Lollipop Update With Improvements To The E-Ink Interface

The YotaPhone 2 and its predecessor have always intrigued me. They're probably the only significant departure in form factor available on the market right now that isn't different for the sake of being so, adds value, and has been relatively successful in its endeavor. After its European release last December, the YotaPhone 2 is coming back with a new color variant: white. And it looks striking if you ask me, especially with that new E Ink white theme where the old interface's colors are inverted.


But let's back up. The white YotaPhone 2 keeps the same specs as the black one: a primary 5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen, a 4.7-inch 960x540 E Ink screen on the back, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and an 8MP rear camera.

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Lenovo Announces A Pair Of New Android Smartphones, An E-Ink Smartwatch, And A Selfie Flash For Some Reason

Lenovo might own Motorola now, but the company is still doing its own thing when it comes to mobile devices. There are a pair of new Android phones today, as well as a wearable and a completely self-indulgent accessory—a selfie flash. Your life is complete now, right?


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InkCase Plus E-Ink Case Reaches $100,000 Kickstarter Funding Goal On Its First Day

Five months after demoing working InkCase Plus prototypes at this year's Mobile World Congress, Oaxis has taken to Kickstarter to get its hands on some cold hard cash. And it's paying off. Already the company has amassed over $100,000 in pledges, surpassing its funding goal on just the first day. The idea of a case that adds a Bluetooth-connected secondary e-ink display to a phone apparently has a lot of people plenty excited. As of right now, over 500 of them. Nevertheless, $30,000 of their funding has come from three $10k sales, $15k from five $3k sales, $13k from thirteen $1k sales, and $7.2k from eight $900 sales.

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[Make This Now!] Google Previously Filed Patent Application For A Computing Device With Dual E-Ink Displays

Companies file for new patents all the time with nothing ever coming of it, so Google's application shouldn't be taken as evidence that such a device is coming down the pipeline. Nevertheless, some concepts are just plain cool. Google has designed a computing device with dual e-ink displays that folds as though it were an actual book, according to a patent application that the US Patent and Trademark Office recently published.


E-ink displays do an admirable job replicating the look of a physical page, but the shape of the e-readers they're attached to ruin the illusion. This proposed form-factor does more to imitate the traditional reading experience.

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The Dual-Screen LCD And E-Paper YotaPhone Is Now On Sale In Russia, Coming To Europe And The Middle East Soon

The YotaPhone was one of the only genuinely exciting mobile products to come out of CES 2013 nearly a year ago. If you've been itching to get your hands on this interesting combo device, you can lay down your money right now... so long as you're laying down Rubles. YotaPhone just started online sales of its LCD/E-Paper combo phone in Russia. Our Russian readers can pick one up for 19,990 Rubles (about $600 USD).


The company will be expanding its distribution quickly. The online YotaPhone store will be shipping to Austria, Germany, France, and Spain starting in mid-December, with expansion to the United Kingdom, Greece, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Egypt in January.

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Barnes & Noble Closes The Book On Its Nook Tablet Manufacturing Business

I've taken a less conventional path into the world of Android. I owned a Honeycomb tablet long before I finally got my hands on my first smartphone, and before that, my first Android device was a Nook Color (I booted CyanogenMod from a microSD card, so it was legit). It is due to this background that I am sad to see Barnes & Noble end in-house development of its Nook line of tablets.


Barnes & Noble debuted the Nook Color back at the end of 2010. Since the device was so easily hacked, it became an affordable means of running stock Android on a 7-inch device months before the Motorola Xoom arrived with Honeycomb, which would eventually solidify Android tablets as a thing.

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