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Coming soon: Foldable-screen handsets

Posted: 23 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Readius? foldable mobile screen? electronic paper.?

Polymer Vision has developed a 5-inch display that can be squeezed into a gadget not bigger than any cellphone by making a screen that folds up when not in use.

This is according to a Reuters report, which stated that the display of the Readius handset is the claimed to be first that folds out when in use and folds back together so the device can fit into a pocket.

Spun out of Philips, Polymer has intrigued gadget fans more than two years ago when it showed off a prototype. The gadget is currently in production and will is expected to go head-to-head with Apple's iPhone and Amazon's e-book reader Kindle when it hits stores mid-2008.

Company CEO Karl McGoldrick boasted that the device will offer large display and long battery for e-reading in a form factor and weight of ac cellphone. McGoldrick, however, did not disclose how much the Readius would cost, but said it would be comparable to a high-end handset.

Like Amazon's Kindle, the Polymer's Readius has a so-called electronic paper screen that shows black-and-white text and images that look almost like they have been printed on paper. Readius, which can also make phone calls, connects to the Internet using 3G technology with high data speeds.




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