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Exclusive! Smartphones with second E Ink reader displays incoming

Stuff met up with E Ink at IFA and they showed us the future of low-power screens on mobiles

Smartphones will soon have more than one screen, with a low powered ebook reader on the rear. This is what E Ink has exclusively told us in a quiet meeting room at the IFA trade show in Berlin.

“Why do I want two screens?” you may ask. Because E Ink displays – featured in the likes of Kindle and Nook readers – are so low power and super thin they’re ideal for reading on your phone without using much battery.

t’s also a great safety net as you can leave an image on the screen, even after your phone dies – perfect for displaying, say, an airline ticket when your phone’s running low on juice.

E Ink’s prototype has only just been shown to mobile manufacturers but the response was good. One anonymous mobile phone company is working on installing the second screens already. They also told us Apple has been sent the displays – iPhone 6 with free ebook reader screen anyone?

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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