It may take a while before we see the Yotaphone 2 with E-ink display but thanks to Siam Smartphone for working on an almost similar unit. However, the Siam 7x is still a concept phone that’s recently listed on Kickstarter, hoping to raise a $50,000 fund goal. That’s easy to achieve with 27 more days to go. As of this writing, more than $6,000 have been raised already–all from 15 backers.
The name Siam 7X gives an impression that it’s a super phone. Perhaps something that’s seven times powerful than ordinary smartphones in the market today. This device aims to bring the dual-screen cellular technology that allows more convenience, productivity, and connectivity to the users. The E-ink display will be placed at the back side just like in the Yotaphone. The back panel is transformed into a touchscreen display so more functions and features can be enjoyed.
There’s so much you can do with a secondary screen. It’s like stretching your screen size, only it extends to the back. You can use it to display your favorite photo or image. It’s like having two phones actually. You only need to flip to the other side to access the display. The only downside is that the second screen is E-ink only while the main display is in Full HD. The E-ink is 4.7-inches while the main screen is a bit bigger at 5.0-inches.
If you’re not familiar with E-ink, it’s what Amazon uses on the Kindle. It’s not just for e-reading now because you can set the screen to display a personalized wallpaper, Widgets, Weather, Calendar, News/Social Feeds, Media Controls, and Notifications. Since it’s e-ink, it’s ideal for use even when outdoors or under bright light condition.
You can help fund the project by donating as little as ten dollars or pledge $800 or more if you can. Estimated delivery is this December so we’re guessing production already started. AT&T and T-Mobile will offer the Siam 7X smartphone once it’s ready for distribution.
Siam 7x Dual Screen Smartphone specifications:
• OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop, HTC Sense 6.0 UI
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC (Octa core 1.5 GHz)
• Display: 5.5-inch IPS LCD ,1920 x 1080 resolution
• Dimension: 157.7 x 78.9x 7.9mm
• Battery: 2800mAh
• RAM: 2GB
• 16GB built-in storage (expandable up to 128GB), MicroSD
• 13MP camera with OIS and LED flash
• 5MP Front Camera
• Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, 4G LTE
Know more about the Siam 7X Dual Screen Phone on Kickstarter
UPDATE: Kickstarter has just suspended the Siam 7X campaign. No reason has been given either by Kickstarter or the campaign owners. Usually, Kickstarter stops a campaign short if it discovers some violation, like fraud or an inability to show proof of a working prototype, which is a requirement for campaigns with physical rewards. We will update this piece as soon as more information surfaces.
UPDATE 2: Siam 7X is back. It seems it hit a copyright snag over at Kickstarter. Although they say the issue has been resolved, they have moved over their campaign to Indiegogo instead. Here’s the official word:
On behalf of CRBT Inc., we want to notify you that the Kickstarter campaign for the Siam 7X smartphone has been suspended due to a minor copyright infringement issue with the spelling of its E-Ink display feature. We have quickly resolved the issue and have re-launched the crowdfunding campaign for Siam 7X dual-screen smartphone. This will not affect our promise to deliver the smartphone to backers in early December. Thank you to all those who previously donated. We now ask you to show your support by donating to our new campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/siam-7x-u-s-first-dual-screen-smartphone#/
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