Tomoon T-Fire Smartwatch is Shipping Soon in China – Android, E-ink Screen
The smartwatch market is quickly being dominated by gadgets with LCD screens (and the occasional Mirasol screen) but E-ink still has its place on smartwatches like
the Pebble or the Sonostar and the T-Fire.
The Chinese gadget maker Tomoon Technologies is now talking up their latest gadget, the T-Fire Smartwatch. This beauty has a curved E-ink screen measuring 1.73″, and it runs Android 4.3. It’s expected to ship later this month.
The T-Fire is equipped with a 1Ghz CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB Flash storage, Bluetooth, and a trio of sensors (gyroscope, g-sensor, compass). It uses one of E-ink’s latest screens, and it has a screen resolution of 320 x 240..
I can’t find any info on price, weight, features, but one source does say that users will be able to place phone calls from the T-Fire via Bluetooth. That’s going to require an Android smartphone; iOS support is still under development.
Tomoon Technologies is reporting that they have 20,000 pre-orders for the watch. That is a pretty good start for a relatively unknown company with an untried product, and it just goes to show what a clever marketing campaign can do. Images of the T-Fire were leaked last month by the CEO.
The Commons November 12, 2013 um 1:11 pm
The Pebble smartwatch does not use an e-ink display. It uses a (perhaps intentionally) confusingly-named e-paper display. In reality it is a low-power monochrome transflective LCD.
Nate Hoffelder November 12, 2013 um 1:14 pm
Really? I thought it was E-ink (that’s certainly how it’s being described on a lot of websites). Thanks for the correction.
The Commons November 12, 2013 um 1:44 pm
Yes, it’s a common mistake owing to the similarity in name. However, I can assure you that it isn’t e-ink for two reasons:
1) It has a backlight, which wouldn’t be possible with e-ink.
2) I own one 🙂
Nate Hoffelder November 12, 2013 um 1:51 pm
I know. I googled it.
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Wang November 26, 2013 um 11:18 pm
800 RMB on Taobao (priced 27 Nov. 2013)
Adam September 19, 2015 um 3:43 pm
Really, the e-Ink vs e-Paper thing seems to be more about intentional mis-advertisement.
e-Paper has always been intended to be actual paper; if I could show:
The screen isn’t actually attached to the watch like the pebble, it is a "paper" screen that goes over the metal chain but still operates and even supports "touch" technologies. This is just the latest iteration of e-Paper as intended, but notice how the screen does have that sharp drop before the chain comes, e-paper is amazing in that you only need the small connection at the top to control the whole screen. Very neat stuff.
See, e-Paper is born for flexible electronics while e-Ink and Mirasol were born for "fixed screen" electronics. The pebble makes use of e-Paper in a way it wasn’t intended; but when you see what people WANT to do with e-paper you’ll understand the name better.
Nate Hoffelder September 19, 2015 um 3:49 pm
The Pebble uses a low-power LCD screen. That’s not an epaper screen.