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.
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.