The company Onyx International is working on a smartphone with an E Ink display instead of the traditional LCD or AMOLED display. Fellow blogger Charbax found a prototype of the device in Asia and made a short demo video. This smartphone certainly makes an impression and shows how another type of display might be possible.
The advantage of the E Ink display lies in the amount of battery power it can save. Energy is only used when the user updates the screen content and unlike most smartphones, this one theoretically only needs to charge once a month. Like any other smartphone the Onyx has 3G and Wi-Fi support. The device weighs only 100 grams and should be appearing on the market in the coming year.
Onyx has of course made a few alterations to the Android interface so that it is compatible with E Ink’s grayscale. It might not be the most attractive display, but it certainly is extremely easy to ready outside in full sunlight. The rest of the specifications are unknown, but it’s an interesting idea.
This is the first prototype and it’s running Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread and the device is made completely of plastic. It should be very easy and cheap to get once it becomes available. For now, check out the video and see what you think: