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Why don’t all our phones have e-ink displays? It’s easy on the eyes, it’s more power efficient… what’s the catch? The Kingrow K1 phone with an e-paper display shows us the good and the bad…

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Intro Screen Music Credit:
Title: Laszlo – Supernova
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35 Comments

  1. YourTypicalAtaru

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    isnt e-ink used in the gameboy advance?

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  2. Trent Kozelek

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    I'd buy a phone like this if they improved the framerate and it had a more decent cost. I'd use a normal phone for picture taking, social media managing, and this phone for messaging, calling, reading… things that I do most of the time anyway.

    Reply

  3. ONE

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    my galaxy s3 is just like this

    Reply

  4. tsartomato

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    yota phone

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  5. ricky v

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    This is a bad idea. I wouldn’t waste my time with something like this. Oh, well.

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  6. Mr.Garbage_625

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    You know people give apple shit for "gimmicks" and same for google but everything about this phone screams gimmick its useless having an old nokia is more useful then this.

    Reply

  7. Markus

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    "this banana"

    Reply

  8. Fun with Turtles

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    This phone might be interesting for people who got heavy epilepsy?

    Reply

  9. flameshana9

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    02:37 Let's talk batteries.🔋400 hours of standby time is almost 17 days. 20 hours of talk time is about 5% an hour.

    Why is this considered exceptional? Every phone I've owned has 13 to 20 days of standby time. Or more. My tablets go even higher. And I can add a power bank for $20 to double or triple those numbers again. 5-6% an hour for call time is normal.

    These aren't theoretical maximums. They're the actual numbers I get when I measure my devices. (0.1-0.3% an hour when idle).

    I don't get the point of their claims at all. You can buy a second battery or a power bank to completely negate any issues with running out of juice, and it doesn't cost $350. That's a heck of a lot to pay for an e-ink screen. Heck, some people are saying this would be good for an emergency phone. If you need to conserve battery just turn it off until you use it.

    Something doesn't add up here.

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  10. Stanisław Szczypuła

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Soo WTF didn't you just download google play store apk from apkmirror and check how this phone work with regular aps ?

    Reply

  11. Xs and Os

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    I leave my phones amber nightlight on; you don't even notice it after a few minutes. If I turn the nightlight off now, it is so harsh, and I immediately turn it back on. I also keep brightness at 15%. I can see the screen fine unless I'm in direct sunlight.

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  12. Aidan Christmas

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    The perfect phone if you’re colorblind! As long as you don’t need the Google Play store!

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  13. Anon Commenter

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    It seems like they forgot that android phones don't require an app store to get apps if it already has a browser

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  14. Reprisal

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Down vote for trash 18:9 aspect ratio.

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  15. Rachel Graves

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    “I donno it looks pretty blue”. Come on. Test it!

    Reply

  16. rjc0234

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Didn't one phone have a double sided screen? one side was eInk, the other side was a standard LCD screen.

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  17. Akshar Hossain

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Why doesn't my phone screen become my wallpaper forever, IDK maybe cause it doesn't have infinite energy to generate the wallpaper

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  18. James Andrew Lewis

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    This would be a really great audible/kindle/caller/texter device, but not so much for interactive apps. Would be ideal for people looking to lower-tech their lives or control their media intake… I might have to get one.

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  19. LKSimbalvr

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    what if you wanted to use it as a phone and wanted to make phone calls with it and are not interested in all the other crap that comes with modern so called phones

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  20. Ayush Bakshi

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    It got better specs than my 1 GB memory, 8 GB storage, Some Grandpa processor.

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  21. zORg alex

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Lol. When I bought my first smartphone, I nearly immediately purchased fallout theme app, and colored everything in dull green. My phone holds usually more than 2 days. I guess, it's because I'm not so interested in checking it every other second. Not like I have there to check something.

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  22. AceofTunes

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    I miss my YotaPhone 2 sooo much, I loved the eink display, I used it almost exclusively, unless someone sent me a photo or something, then I would flip to the colour display

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  23. Rosen Dimitrov

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    The phone would be interesting with 2 displays – LCD and e-ink on the both sides bringing the best of the both worlds 😃

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  24. Luke

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Yotaphone?

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  25. Bagha Shams

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    It should have had different color temperatures for the backlight, cool for daytime viewing, and warm for evenings.

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  26. Harry Potter

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    As long as e-ink displays are under the monopoly of a single company, they'll never be cheap enough or otherwise viable for phone and tablet use.

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  27. Hank Storm

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    well, it's a start.

    Reply

  28. Loui Rivera

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    This is something i would actually consider for. Sure i would have to deal with constant refreshed screens and not play youtube so well, but i would actually take this phone once its fully out in its final version.

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  29. Tachiro Akisu

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    The problems with smartphones is partially Blue light but the main problem is the refresh flicker/strobing/refresh of that blue light. Eink doesnt strobe/refresh as aggressively.

    Also guys? This isnt competing with cheap smartphones like the redmi. Its competing with the Lightphone and Punkt

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  30. x-illusion-x

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Yotaphone 3, the best of both worlds. Eink display like the phone featured and also an amoled display.

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  31. BixbyConsequence

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    I'd love to have a smartphone with regular screen on the front AND an e-ink screen on the back! e-ink would be fine for many of my needs, and the readability in bright sunlight is enough reason all on its own.

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  32. R.J. C.

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Not for me. A lame monochromatic screen won't cut it when you consider the % of time my phone is used for media consumption.

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  33. tinncan

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Linus Vocabulary Tips… I know a lot of scientific equipment manufacturers that could benefit from these screens because they can't match the brightness of a basement dwelling priced smart phone with their current offerings and don't need high refresh rates or color… (YSI, HACH, TRIMBLE)

    Reply

  34. Zizi Mugen

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    I wouldn’t use it for consuming media, but if it could properly and intuitively run common apps like maps, messaging, calling, weather, shopping online, etc., then I’d consider using it.
    I take it back, I’ve seen the whole thing now. This is one of those things that someone thought was a good idea simply because it was an idea.

    Reply

  35. Michal Janočko

    July 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Check out Yota Phone. It has two displays. LCD and E-Ink. It sounds pretty good.

    Reply

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