HIsense has released a few E Ink smartphones in the past, most notably the A2 that was released last year. The company has just unveiled the A6 which will be available this November for 499€ and will be launched in France and then the rest of Europe next year.
The Hisense A6 features a 6.1 inch AMOLED display on the front and a 5.6-inch E Ink Carta HD screen on the back. This device has a mirror mode, which projects the entire Android experience on the E Ink screen. You can make phone calls, access Google Play or play around with the Kindle app. This is made possible because the E Ink panel has a touchscreen.
Underneath the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 6GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of internal storage. There is also a dual sensor rear facing 12 megapixels camera and a 16 megapixel camera on the front for selfies. It is powered by a 3300 mAh and also has a USB-C port with Quick Charge, a face recognition system and a fingerprint reader on the edge.
Hisense does not normally make available any of their E Ink phones in North America. They tend to focus on Europe and China. Still, if this phone seems compelling it should be available on Alibaba in December.
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