Leaked Hisense A2 Smartphone Comes With A Rear-Mounted E Ink Display

Image: TENAA

Multi-screen smartphones aren't a new concept -- it was even a major feature of clamshell designs of the past -- but they quickly went out of vogue once we entered touchscreen era. Hisense looks like it will revive the idea with its A2 handset, which comes with a regular AMOLED display on the front and an E Ink screen on the back.

The A2 was spotted on TENAA, China's telecommunications certification website and although the details are written in Chinese, the important specifications are easily deciphered.

Firstly, the device is clearly aimed at the local market, given the lack of band 28. Here's what it does cover:

900MHz, 1800MHz, 800MHz, 2GHz, Band 38, Band 39, Band 40, Band 41 (2555-2575 MHZ, 2575-2635 MHZ, 2635-2655 MHZ), Band 1, Band 3, 1.9GHz, I

If that doesn't bother you, the phone itself sounds decent enough. A 1080p, 5.5-inch primary screen and a 5.2-inch 960 x 540 E Ink-equipped panel on the reverse side, coupled with an eight-core 1.4GHz processor, 64GB of internal storage (and microSD slot), 4GB RAM, 3000mAh battery and two cameras -- 16-megapixel main and 5-megapixel rear.

While it's hard to say who exactly would be interested in such a phone, the concept is intriguing enough. At the very least, it'll have third-party case manufacturers scratching their noggins.

[TENAA, via Liliputing]

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