E-Ink Android phone promises a week long battery life

If you use an Android smartphone, chances are that your phone sucks in terms of battery life.  Most of the modern smartphones these days can’t match feature phones in battery backup and there are reasons for that – ever growing display sizes, power-hungry processors and so on.

Now, Chinese e-reader manufacturer Onyx is reportedly developing an Android smartphone with e-ink display. According to tech blog ARM Devices, the smartphone’s battery can last up to a week on a single charge, which is just phenomenal for a smartphone.

But, there are downsides to e-ink display being used in this phone – it is black and white and the display refresh rate is also slower. However, the under-sun visibility is fantastic.

Company is planning to launch it sometime next year.

We might not be getting our air tickets done to get this one, but it certainly shows promise and may be one day, we will have colour e-ink smartphones that will have nice displays and great battery-life.

Check out Onyx’s e-ink phone in this video:

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12 thoughts on “E-Ink Android phone promises a week long battery life

    Horse shippers

    (December 18, 2012 - 10:33 am)

    For me battery life of phone is probably the most essential feature because my battery gets exhausted very soon. This is like a wonder device for me.


    (December 10, 2012 - 7:20 am)

    The video, for those who watched, indicated the phone will last one MONTH. My Kindle has lasted for 2.5 months before I needed to recharge it, using it nearly every day. Obviously, the biggest drain on battery will be device connections: 3G, Wifi & Bluetooth (?I presume it has it). Of course, I’d be interested in a device like this.

    Android phone

    (November 26, 2012 - 10:59 am)

    Awesome. If samsung S3 gets a week long battery life it would be superb 🙂 🙂

    Sabine Bergemann

    (October 23, 2012 - 4:32 am)

    very, very cool!


    (October 23, 2012 - 2:00 am)

    design of this cellphone is PERFECT! some company should make it with LCD screen and i’m buying it!


    (October 23, 2012 - 1:44 am)


    (October 23, 2012 - 12:50 am)

    How about a dual screen phone? e.g. an iphone that has e-ink on one side, and normal screen on the other. E, ink would be used for email, calls, notifications etc

    Oi Empresa

    (October 23, 2012 - 12:38 am)

    I would happily trade screen quality for battery life!


    (October 22, 2012 - 11:08 pm)

    Interesting idea. 7″ eInk reader. I’m surprised nobody has ever thought of it.


      (October 22, 2012 - 11:34 pm)

      Heck yeah, someone needs to build a 7″ e-ink and put it on kickstarter or sumthin!

      Jeff Bezos

      (October 23, 2012 - 1:54 pm)

      I see what you did there. 😉

    Nathan Campos

    (October 22, 2012 - 7:34 pm)

    This is awesome! I would definitely buy this if it was 7″ so I could use it as a tablet for reading. Also a interesting platform for developers like me that are looking for something different to build apps for.

    Depending on the price of that hardware it would be possible to use this as a display for hardware projects since the battery life will be awesome and it’s running Android, so in theory you can use this freely with an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi.

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