Dual screen smartphones went out of fashion, a long time ago. However, here’s one awesome dual-screen phone, which redefines the way we percept dual-screen phones.
The smartphone, shown in the video below, runs a capacitive touch-screen and runs the latest version of Android- Jellybean 4.1.2. However, what’s innovative about the phone is the display which comes at the back. This Dual-screen smartphone has a secondary display, called E-paper display (or e-ink technology).
This e-ink technology injects the image which is being displayed on the primary screen through varying voltages, and creates an afterimage of the screen on its black panel. It’s almost like clicking a snapshot of your phone- just that this option uses little-to-no power, thereby reducing battery consumption.
Interestingly, the E-paper display does not use any energy to retain the image. It only consumes energy when the image on the display has to be changed.
The obvious question which pops out of your mind is- Why use a secondary display? Well, according to Yota Devices CEO Vladislav Martynov, the inclusion of the e-ink technology was actually to augment the standards of user-experience. He explains it further, “When we are running out of battery or are looking to retain notifications, the e-ink technology can help you retain the image of your screen without consuming power. It’s an innovative way of reminding you the things which are important, without compromising on the battery. ”
Martynov feels that the concept could be useful to users when they are using apps like Google Maps, to navigate from one point to another. Though they can always do it the conventional way, but if the battery is incredibly low, users can make a gesture on the front display to retain the image (map) on the e-ink display. The image stays there, even when they’re completely out of battery. Users can then use the retained image to get to the desired point.
Both the displays come covered by Corning Gorilla Glass. Considering the fact that the phone has two displays, and at any given point, one would always touch the surface, the protection was inevitable.
According to Martynov, the reason why such a smartphone concept has never been adapted by any smartphone manufacturer till now, is that in big corporations, too many ideas are conflicting against each other to get noticed. He feels that it’s difficult for big companies to be fast enough to respond to altering market demands.
We do not think it would be adapted by any smartphone manufacturer as of yet, but we think this is an amazing dual-screen design. It saves power, it saves time, and can be used to track what’s important, without turning the display on. It doesn’t get any more awesome than this.
What do you guys think?