If only they went with one screen... and that is the e-ink paper display.
That's a lot cooler than I thought it was going to be.
Exactly my sentiment. I had ultra low expectations, but e-ink has been my jam since Motorola was making Motofone F3, and having it integrated on a smartphone makes me :•)
The whole video was made with After Effects. I can't imagine that an e-ink display will be able to produce beautiful, smooth animations with absolutely no flickering like the ones they showed. But if it does look just like the video, I may be forced to snag one as an Android test device!
Looks like a fantastic idea, with one minor exception. What happens if I place my hand on the back of the phone (while using the front of it)? Will I accidentally be touching things on the back when I'm trying to use the front, or do they have safe guards against that? Seems like it would be a really annoying feature if it doesn't work well.
Other than that, I'd love to see what The Verge has to say about it. Could be my next phone.
I wonder if it would be kinda like when you answer a call on an iPhone and put it up to your face the display is disabled. Maybe it can detect based on how you're holding?
I think the lock icon at the bottom of the e-ink screen has something to do with this. Not sure though.
At first I was thinking that it could have an accelerometer in it that tells which display is facing downward, therefore not being used... But, then laying in bed using your phone wouldn't work so... no idea.
Palm rejection is totally a thing in tactile design, and probably most noticeable in tablet drawing apps where you're using a finger to draw. The question then is how accurate it would be.
Just the right amount of innovation to be commercially viable. Really like the idea, regular phone on one side and a kindle on the other. Could easily see this being snapped up by Amazon.
Agreed. This could have been really enticing as the main feature of the Fire Phone.
It's very cool - but seems to be innovation for innovation's sake. 90% of the what people are using it for in the trailer is stuff people do on their current phones. Granted, the battery life aspect is a serious win and there will be some clever applications for the device too I'm sure. Also means no cases either - I wonder how scratch resistant those surfaces are.
Makes me just want a phone with the reverse side.
I worked on a similar concept for Intel, for the back of laptop screen lids, see:
very intrigued by this