Have you ever wondered what your smartphone would look like if it’s display was replaced with an e-reader? China’s Onyx, an e-reader manufacturer, has put together an impressive smartphone for those of you who like to see the world in greyscale.
At first glance, the Boox E43 looks like it could be the world’s smallest e-reader. With a size comparable to a Galaxy s5, the Boox E43 is being marketed as a great choice for a second smartphone. It’s 4.3” E-ink screen has a 800×480 pixel resolution, and features full-capacitive touch. What is surprising is the e-ink’s fast(ish) reaction time, which certainly shows some of the e-ink displays of the past. However, ghosting does still occur, especially when using the browser’s keyboard.
Inside, the Boox E43 features a Cortex-A5 1Ghz processor, with 512MB DDR3 RAM, and 512MB of internal memory (upgradable to 32GB via Micro SD). It runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which runs surprisingly well, considering the strange screen interface. Like most e-readers on the market today, the phone has an illuminated display for night reading.
What may be most intriguing about the phone is how simple it is. While it can function as a smartphone, if you decide to use it for it’s e-reader and phone function, it’s a great device. However, using it as a traditional smartphone will leave users highly frustrated. E-ink technology is simply not fast enough to compare to LCD screens in terms of reaction time. However, if you have aging parents or grandparents who are overwhelmed by a today’s high-function smartphones, the Boox E43 may be right for them.