E Ink displays are easier to read outdoors than full-color LCD or OLED displays, and they use less power. But they have slower screen refresh rates, which is why you often find E Ink screens in eBook readers, but rarely in smartphones.
But Chinese phone maker Vernee has a phone with a fake E Ink mode that should help you get longer battery life when you need it most.
The $110 Vernee Thor E has a full-color display. But press the E-ink key on the side of the device and the screen shifts to black and white, the display brightness is lowered, the CPU and GPU are underclocked, and background tasks and push notifications are restricted. In other words, the feature is sort of like Android’s battery saver mode… but more so.
The reason I’m calling this a fake E Ink display is that the phone doesn’t actually use a display from E Ink Corporation, and as far as I can tell it doesn’t even use similar technology. I suspect someone’s not too happy with the choice to use the trademarked name “E Ink” to describe the battery saving feature.
While you probably won’t get the same kind of outdoor visibility in black & white mode on the Vernee Thor E as you would with a Kindle, Vernee does promise some pretty serious power consumption improvements. The company says a battery with only a 20-percent charge should last all day when in E-ink mode.
It doesn’t hurt that the phone also has a hefty 5,020 mA battery.
Other features include a 5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display, a MediaTek MTK6753 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, and an 8MP front camera. The phone supports WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, and GPS and has dual SIM support. It supports microSD cards up to 128GB.
There’s a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, and the Vernee Thor E ships with Android 7.0 Nougat.
via Notebook Italia