Are two screens really better than one? That’s the question posed by this Russian handset, with an LCD out front and a Kindle-style, battery-saving e-ink display on the back.
First to those two screens: the big bezels waste a lot of space, making the displays feel smaller than they really are. The main one is a belowaverage 720p 4.3-incher, while the rear 360x640 e-ink number suffers from a severe lack of contrast as well as a delay in responsiveness.
Running a vanilla version of Android 4.2.2, an extra menu tab offers access to the back screen’s specially designed apps. Gesture recognition can also send screenshots of what you’re reading on the LCD display to the e-ink screen, as switching your blogs, articles and travel details to the back screen will eek out the battery considerably.
Strangely, the 13-megapixel rear camera is located at the handset’s base rather than the top, which isn’t ideal for framing shots. It also performs poorly in low light, with serious grain. Many niggles, then, but it’s a first attempt. We hope the recently announced second-gen model ups its game.
love Innovative idea. E-ink screen is a battery saver hate Bezels too thick. Front screen not up to scratch. Poorly positioned and performing camera T3 says An interesting concept, for sure, but there are a lot of kinks to be ironed out here