This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Smartphones with foldable displays are on the rise, and e-readers may be heading down the same path. E Ink, a leading e-paper manufacturer, has released a prototype of a folding e-reader through Good e-Reader, a media outlet dedicated to e-books.
The unveiled device is 10.3 inches when unfolded. It supports a touch screen and can also use a Wacom stylus to write notes. The hinge construction is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Fold (or Galaxy Z Fold 2), which uses two gears on one side.
A prototype of this device was released back in June, but at that time, the hinge didn't work well and the buttons on the side didn't work, so it wasn't as good as it could have been. The new version that has been released, however, seems to have fixed these issues.
When it comes to folding e-readers, there is the 'Zenkan-issatsu (All-in-one)' available in Japan that uses two screens for a spreadable display. By comparison, E Ink's unjointed folding display is likely to give you a reading experience more akin to a paper book. It looks good for reading wide sheets of paper, such as magazines and newspapers.
Note that the prototype revealed does not have a front light like the Kindle, but instead uses a folding light module. It may not be a practical problem, but it looks a bit awkward to productize it as it is. It may take a while longer before it goes on sale, so we'd really like to see some improvements in this area.
Source: Good e-Reader
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