Kingrow K1: Long Term E-Ink Smartphone for $ 350

Book readers made a lot of noise back in the day when they were at the peak of their popularity. But even today some

features of E-Ink displays that are equipped withe-readers haunt smartphone manufacturers. The segment already had smartphones with a couple of screens, one of which was monochrome E-Ink, perhaps the most famous for our consumers is the infamous (already declared bankrupt) YotaPhone. However, despite the fact that Yota died, the idea of ​​YotaPhone on a smartphone has not gone away. A small company from Hong Kong decided to revive the concept, although not in full - they removed the main color screen, leaving only one display - black and white E-Ink (or rather, there are shades of gray).

What is known

Hong Kong company unveiled at GSEF 2019a smartphone that attracted the attention of a large number of visitors to the exhibition. Kingrow K1 received the only E-Ink display with a diagonal of 5.2 inches and a resolution of 1280x720. At the same time, the pixel density was 283 ppi, which is more than some conventional smartphones in the budget and middle segment. Thanks to this screen, the smartphone can be used for a long time, without fear of harmful effects on vision. Also, this display consumes very little energy, this ensures autonomy in the permanent active screen mode for more than two days, and in the reader mode it does not need to be recharged for a week. Standby sensations should be almost eternal. The battery here is installed with a capacity of 3100 mAh, is charged via USB-C, high-speed charging is supported.

What's inside

As a fiery motor in the novelty actsHelio P23 8-core chipset from MediaTek, operating at frequencies of 2 GHz. Onboard there are 2 gigabytes of RAM, 16 GB drive capacity. The main camera of the device with one module, the sensor is 16 megapixels. The front camera has a sensor of 8 megapixels. The smartphone is equipped with advanced acoustics with two stereo speakers. Managed by the new Android Oreo, supports dual SIM, there is a slot for microSD memory card.

Advantages of E-ink

Such a screen is also called a display based onelectronic ink, they are usually equipped with book readers (e-books). The advantages of this screen is that it does not flicker, we consume little energy. Other matrices have flicker that is imperceptible to the eye, from which the eyes can get tired quickly, while E-ink does not burden the eyesight. Another plus is the use outdoors. Even in bright sunlight, the screen and the information on it do not fade, everything is perfectly readable.

However, there are also disadvantages: you will not enjoy the photos on it, you will not see the video either, there are restrictions on some pages of sites, not everything will be displayed correctly. However, on social networks, on messengers, everything is fine, and many other everyday tasks the smartphone solves normally.

Price and availability

Scheduled smartphone output - May current, on Indiegogo it can be obtained with a $ 100 discount. Price new 350 dollars. The color scheme includes black classics, summer orange, youth blue and ladies red.

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