Cherry Mobile has a new smartphone for the eBook lovers. The new Cherry Mobile Taiji features a secondary display for you to read your favorite novels on.

The Cherry Mobile Taiji  has a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display on the front. But that’s actually not the star of the show. The newsmaker is seen on the back — the secondary 4.7-inch E-ink display. This black and white screen uses the technology found in other proprietary eBook readers like the Amazon Kindle.

Due to its printed-paper appearance, the E-Ink display was favored by a lot of ebook readers. The screen projects texts like you’re reading it from a real paper — hence its “Electronic Paper” title.

Amazon Kindle

E-Ink displays are also found in smartwatches like the Pebble (RIP). This is because they require less battery consumption when compared to other LCD screens. This means that, besides using it for reading, you can summon it to conserve juice when the 2,500mAh battery inside is about to run out.

Now let’s proceed to the other areas that make up the CM Taiji. Inside there’s a decent 1.7GHz MediaTek octa-core processor, backed by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. That’s more than enough to handle ebook apps, day to day tasks, and casual games.

Cherry Mobile Taiji

There’s also an 8-megapixel and 13-megapixel cameras in the front and back, respectively. The Taiji is also equipped with 4G LTE connectivity for quick data connections.

On the downside, the handset only runs on Android 5.1 Lollipo — an OS version that’s two generations old.

Cherry Mobile Taiji Specs

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Dual SIM
  • 5.2-inch FHD IPS display, 1920 x 1080 resolution, ~424ppi
  • 4.2-inch E-INK qHD rear display, 960 x 540 resolution, ~262ppi
  • 1.7GHz MediaTek octa-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, LED flash
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2500mAh battery

The idea of having an E-Ink display on a smartphone was first introduced by Yota Devices from Russia. However, the Cherry Mobile Taiji is the only actual working device that’s available in the country. It is now available for Php12,999.

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