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Who wants an Android music player with an e-ink screen?

ByTina R. Wimmer

May 24, 2021

TL; DR

  • Hisense announced the Hisense Touch music player.
  • The device runs Android 11 and also offers an e-ink display.

Smartphones have largely replaced standalone music players because you can get a cheap phone for less than $100 and use it as a music player. But Hisense thinks there’s still a market for standalone music players, and its new Hisense Touch could do you a double take.

The Hisense Touch is now available for pre-sale in China (h/t: Liliputing), and the music player also packs a 5.84-inch e-ink screen for longer battery life and a more comfortable playback experience. The screen also offers 2,048 levels of brightness and 36 levels of color temperature.

On the audio side, you can expect dual stereo speakers, Dirac Power Sound support, an ES9038 DAC, and an ES9603 amp chip. Of course, the music player also has a 3.5mm port.

Hisense Touch JD Android Music Player

The Hisense Touch is said to offer an unnamed 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon processor (believed to be an 11nm design), 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 3,000mAh battery with 18W charging via USB-C and Android 11. Like the image at the top of the page, the music player doesn’t have a rear camera setup, with the top bezel hosting an unnamed selfie camera.

Expect to pay 1,599 yuan (~$249) for the music player, which makes it more expensive than some budget phones like the Redmi Note 10 and Poco M3. Again, it could be an apples and oranges comparison at this point given the Hisense device’s music focus, e-ink display, and lack of cellular capabilities.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Hisense dabble in e-ink displays either, as the company has long offered devices with e-ink panels. Prominent examples include the Hisense A2 (with a standard screen on the front and an e-ink screen on the back) and the Hisense A7 (with a 6.7-inch e-ink panel on the front) . Hisense doesn’t tend to offer these devices outside of China, so don’t hold your breath for the Touch to launch in your corner of the country.