Polymer Vision Ltd of the Netherlands exhibited a mobile phone "Readius," which is equipped with a foldable electronic-paper display, at Mobile World Congress 2008.
Users can reduce the storage space of the handset by folding up the electronic-paper display. The display is extended when the handset is used, and folded when it is stored, for example, in a pocket.
The mobile phone can display electronic books and play MP3 files. In addition, it supports W-CDMA and HSDPA, enabling both phone call and data communication. Mounted with a Li-ion secondary battery of approximately 1,100mAh, it operates for about 30 hours per charge.
Polymer Vision, which displayed operating handsets at MWC, said it will release the phone in the middle of 2008.
The first customer will be Telecom Italia, a telecommunications carrier in Italy, Polymer Vision said. The company plans to ship about 100,000 units by the end of 2008. A manufacturer in Taiwan assembles the phone. Also, Polymer Vision is in consultation with other potential customers than Telecom Italia, the company said.
"When we announced we are ready to begin commercial production, many carriers contacted us. Carriers in Asian countries like Japan, as well as those in other regions, showed high interest," the company said.