Transparent displays are a cool idea that didn’t catch on. The Lenovo S800 packs a major improvement over the previous phone with a transparent screen – namely, colors.
Lenovo S800 phone with a transparent color screen
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), it showed up at a Chinese fashion show and was handled only by the models, the reporters weren’t allowed to play with it…
Very little is known about the Lenovo S800 right now – but the unit at the fashion show was an actual working model, not just a mockup. Lenovo is claiming that it’s the world’s first phone with a transparent color screen.
Only the models of the fashion show were allowed to use it, so we have no technical details
That’s easy as the only other phone with a see-through screen is the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Pureness and it had a tiny grayscale screen. The Lenovo S800 bests it with a bigger looking screen that can display colors. It doesn’t seem to have a camera though (the Pureness didn’t either, probably because a grayscale viewfinder would be no good).
How much colors is another question – I could only see pink in the photos. We’ll have to wait for another leak or an official announcement for more details (if the Lenovo S800 even makes it to production).
But is the addition of color capabilities to the screen enough for you? The Pureness is not exactly a hot-seller (though it had more flaws that just the display, which might have played a role).
Source: Tianya, ChinaNews (Sites in Chinese)