Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Phones and electronic paper displays

It was fairly hard to imagine how phones were going to get much slimmer, but it looks like Motorola has found a way. Its new F3 which is now shipping, at least in India, makes use of electronic paper rather than an LCD panel for the display and is only 9mm thick.


The new Motorola F3

While Motorola isn't admitting it explicitly it looks like the display is based on EPD technology from E Ink. Electronic paper makes a lot of sense when you're talking about mobile phone displays. It's a thin, light, relatively high resolution display which doesn't suffer from backlight or viewing angle problems and uses much less power than the traditional LCD. Motorola may be first to market, but I'm going to be really surprised if the rest of the manufacturers don't follow them. It looks like the days of having an LCD on your phone are now numbered.