When one thinks of e-ink, one thinks of dedicated e-book readers or signage. One thinks about upscale displays that are easy to read in direct sunlight. But the last thing that comes to mind is a budget device.
Well, Motorola released the Motofone F3
near the end of last year with an electrophoretic display
, and wonder of wonders, it's a budget phone in the $30-$50 range. As was discussed previously
, it pretty much just make calls and not much more.
Does this mean cheap e-ink e-readers are on the way? Maybe, but there's a big leap to get from a basic phone with a tiny and low resolution screen (2x6 characters only) to a fancy display like we see on the iLiad or Sony Reader. Just compare prices on small phones with OLED displays with the difficulty and cost of producing a large screen OLED TV. It just doesn't translate well... unfortunately.
More information is available at this review
by The Register.
Thanks to Alex_d for the tip!