We’ve seen dual-screen smartphones with color screens on one side and ePaper screens on the other. But the Eewrite Epad X is the first tablet I’ve seen with that kind of design.

It’s an upcoming Android tablet with a 9.7 inch, 2408 x 1536 pixel LCD display on one side, and a 1200 x 825 pixel E Ink screen on the other.

Eewrite plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign for the tablet soon, and the folks at Notebook Italia got a chance to check out an early prototype at a trade show recently.

There’s no word on the pricing or launch date — Eewrite representatives say the company is still working on the hardware and software design and wants to make the tablet thinner, among other things.

But here’s what we know so far.

The tablet has a button that you can press to switch from one screen to the other — you cannot use both screens at the same time, but it should be easy to toggle between the color and black and white display.

Eewrite says the tablet supports a Wacom digital pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, so in addition to reading eBooks and other documents, you should be able to jot notes, draw pictures, and annotate documents.

The tablet is powered by a MediaTek MT8176 hexa-core processor and features 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot for removable storage.

It has a USB Type-C port, a 5,000 mAh battery, stereo speakers, and support for WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

via The eBook Reader


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11 replies on “Epad X is a dual-screen tablet (E Ink on one side, color on the other)”

  1. This is brilliant!…except for the MediaTek processor, measly 2GB of RAM and the apparent lack of headphone jack. I am sure it will be heavy, but for how I would use it that would not be that big of a deal. A case would be a must and designing one could be a bit of a challenge.

  2. I would rather have two tablets side by side than front and back. Side by side you could use both simultaneously. Perhaps hinged together or attached via a locking mechanism which would allow you to separate the two halves if you wanted.

    1. In 2010 there were a pair of devices called the Edge and the Pocket Edge by a company called Entourage that did this. They were clam shell devices that could fold all the way back for use as a tablet/e-reader or be used side by side with both screens active at the same time.

      Some decent pictures of it here:

      I had one. It was a fantastic idea, but the execution wasn’t that good. The technology wasn’t really there yet, and they didn’t use the best available components anyway. it ran on Android 1.6 with an upgrade available to 2.2. It was slow and kind of thick even for then, but it came with full size usb ports so you could use a thumb drive for additional storage. The killer was the resistive touch screen, meant you had to use a stylus on the android tablet, which was a kind of stupid idea.

      I wish someone would make a device just like this, but with decent hardware.

  3. And just shortly after Chinese bankrupt Yota
    Easy way for so sneaky chinese
    first buy company and if they could not manage with technology they will just bankrupt company and take all patents and produce all kind of devices with same technology

  4. What would be amazing…is if both eink and color on the same panel, and a button to switch between them. I presume it would take some ingenuity to develop but i wont say impossible.

    1. That has essentially been done in the past. My OLPC XO-1 laptop has a color display with an adjustable backlight. When the backlight is turned off, it converts the display to an e-Ink type of display.

      Mary Lou Jepsen was the founder of Pixel Qi (the company that created the display technology).

      That display tech found its way on the Adam Tablet by Notion Ink.

      1. I was really excited about that. Qualcomm also had their similar Mirasol display. It also failed like the Pixel Qi though.

        Really hope these 2-in-1 sunlight readable displays make a comeback.

        1. The problem is that they will always be compared with standard LCD screens (and OLED going forward) and have been found lacking in brightness and image quality, and unfortunately their low-power and sunlight-readable advantages are not enough to counter that problem, except maybe in niche markets.

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