Are we in for a surprise with Vernee Thor E sporting E-ink screen ?


Vernee Thor E

Not the long ago we have seen the originally russian concept of Yotaphone and Yotaphone 2 trying to explore the possibility of using the ultra low-power E-ink display, but they opted just go for it as a secondary screen on the back of the phone. Today’s teaser from Vernee is trying to hint at using fully E-ink only screen with their upcoming Vernee Thor E model, but i have a pretty hard time believing it.

E-ink screens are fantastic for the battery efficiency and in the e-book readers doing just terrific job, can’t imagine going anywhere without my Kindle. But they are not really suitable for fast refresh, which is more or less mandatory for displays of mobile phones, not to mention sluggish animation and reaction speed. So it’s highly unlikely that the E-ink screen could handle the fast movement like it’s shown in the video below. But hey, maybe i’m wrong and we are in for a treat.

The “Ultra battery saver” tag on the screen would further point rather at some saving black&white mode than full fledged E-ink screen user as main phone display. We shall see where the truth lies soon, Vernee Thor E is slated for a launch in May with big 5020 mAh battery plus this and lightweight body.

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9 Comments

  1. May 1, 2017

    I don’t know if you’ve ever used an e-ink display before, but that is not what that looks like. It can’t do realtime anything, it’s always lagging and refreshing (I have a Icarus Illumina 6″). In this particular video it seems they’re just running Android with a B&W filter mod.

    Btw, the beauty of e-ink display is that once you’ve loaded a page it doesn’t use any power, it only needs power to change the page. So you can basically have an always-on display telling you stuff, hardly using any power (if it’s a clock it will change once a minute with hardly any battery drain whatsoever), why revert to a totally blacked-out screen? If anything, it would be bright neutral/no-ink.

    • Martin Fabián
      May 1, 2017

      Well if you actually read the article that’s what i’m saying, that it’s close to impossible for the display to be an e-ink one 🙂

      • May 4, 2017

        Well…
        http://2016.vernee.cc/thore/
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6BmV5O8pHg

        They do call it ‘e-ink key’ and ‘e-ink mode’, but of course, all it does is some performance enhancements.
        Though, who needs 5020mAh? And who goes to proceed and use so much of it, that it needs to dumb down their phone to up the endurance. I mean, do these people never sleep somewhere with a roof above their head and a wall socket? And if they’re jungle-ing around. Is there reception there? Why not bring an external battery of say 10000mAh? I’m afraid I don’t really get it. I just need to get through my day with it. ONE day. And then have it be slim and light. I have my external powerbank with USB gizmos in case I don’t think I’m going to make it.

  2. Karoon
    May 1, 2017

    It’s probably just a black & white mode on an AMOLED display, nothing to write home about

  3. Cinegain
    May 1, 2017

    I don’t know if you’ve ever used an e-ink display before, but that is not what that looks like. It can’t do realtime anything, it’s always lagging and refreshing (I have a Icarus Illumina 6″). In this particular video it seems they’re just running Android with a B&W filter mod.

    Btw, the beauty of e-ink display is that once you’ve loaded a page it doesn’t use any power, it only needs power to change the page. So you can basically have an always-on display telling you stuff, hardly using any power (if it’s a clock it will change once a minute with hardly any battery drain whatsoever), why revert to a totally blacked-out screen? If anything, it would be bright neutral/no-ink.

    • Martin Fabián
      May 1, 2017

      Well if you actually read the article that’s what i’m saying, that it’s close to impossible for the display to be an e-ink one 🙂

    • Cinegain
      May 4, 2017
    • Cinegain
      May 4, 2017

      They do call it ‘e-ink key’ and ‘e-ink mode’, but of course, all it does is some performance enhancements.
      Though, who needs 5020mAh? And who goes to proceed and use so much of it, that it needs to dumb down their phone to up the endurance. I mean, do these people never sleep somewhere with a roof above their head and a wall socket? And if they’re jungle-ing around. Is there reception there? Why not bring an external battery of say 10000mAh? I’m afraid I don’t really get it. I just need to get through my day with it. ONE day. And then have it be slim and light. I have my external powerbank with USB gizmos in case I don’t think I’m going to make it.

  4. Guest
    May 1, 2017

    It’s probably just a black & white mode on an AMOLED display, nothing to write home about