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Old 06-25-2014, 03:50 AM   #1
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Onyx E-Ink Smartphone Launching Today!

It's finally happening --- after a year of waiting:

https://onyx-boox.com/coming-soon-e-...nk-smartphone/

I wonder if it will catch on?
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:40 AM   #2
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I am eagerly awaiting the first hands-on reports, unboxing videos, reviews and clueless comments from pundits.

This is THE first device with front-lit screen that fits into pocket and doesn't need a clunky cover. Plus, you do not have to carry your basic phone when you carry this. Plus, it has Android, so you can install an app for every single ebook format out there.
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Old 06-25-2014, 05:58 AM   #3
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:18 AM   #4
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Whoa! I never knew this was in production. Interesting. After all the doom and gloom about e-ink technology being on the way out, this is a good development.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:39 AM   #5
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Whoa! I never knew this was in production.
Lucky you.
I have been very impatiently waiting ever since they announced in March that It will be available "Real Soon Now" - in April ;-)
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:53 AM   #6
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Ehh, not impressed. Small screen, small storage space, no light for hard to read in places and old software. The only thing they did right was having a SD slot.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:59 AM   #7
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The description says it does have a front light.

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Eye-friendly display (suitable for epileptics) with Front-Light System will allow comfortable use in low light conditions.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:10 AM   #8
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Pre-order page is up, it will cost 149Eur in Europe. This price includes 20%VAT

They ship Jully the 4th

https://onyx-boox.com/shop/midia-ink...e-e43-android/
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:31 AM   #9
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Hi everyone!

Yes, we have just started selling MIDIA InkPhone :-) Thank You for your patience.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:17 AM   #10
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The front lit E-Ink screen means it will work under all lighting conditions.
It boasts access to over 1,000,000 apps, but I wonder how the E-Ink refresh rate will work with them?
No camera. Even if the B/W display meant pictures would have to be viewed on another device to be viewed in color, a camera would have been perhaps a selling point.

All in all a very intriguing device. It will be interesting to see the owner's reviews when they begin appearing.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:24 AM   #11
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A dinosaur married a phone

The technology is really old! Gingerbread - really??? This phone is gonna have app issues. And what about the substrate - is it glass (and easily breakable)?
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The technology is really old! Gingerbread - really???
I even thought that a new device with Gingerbread wouldn't get a Google stamp of approval anymore (as in 'Bad device! No Google Play for you!' :-))...
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I am eagerly awaiting the first hands-on reports, unboxing videos, reviews and clueless comments from pundits.

This is THE first device with front-lit screen that fits into pocket and doesn't need a clunky cover. Plus, you do not have to carry your basic phone when you carry this. Plus, it has Android, so you can install an app for every single ebook format out there.
? All my e-books fit into my pockets (too easily - I sit on them fairly often), and none of them have clunky covers.

But this one's a phone, too.

I think the screen's too small, though. My phone has a slightly larger screen, and I need to be desperate to use it for reading.
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Clearly not for everyone, as it sports no high-end specs. But we have known that for over a year now, as it was first expected to launch in Summer 2013 and the basic specs didn't change too much.

For all those who can't live without a camera and entertainment (video and games) in a phone but want to try eInk on a phone and don't mind buying russian:

Yotaphone is selling the first generation of their double-display-phone since last year already and say they will start sale of the second generation device before christmas. At a price.

I gave up on the idea of a device that can care for all needs long ago (when Palm was still in business) and will have a look at the E43 for sure.

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I like the looks of it! I don't have a smartphone, although I don't really consider myself in the market for one either. Still, it looks like a fun device and I like that it is e-ink!
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