Qualcomm's making a big push to let handset manufacturers know that its mirasol display technology is a sharp way to cut power consumption, thanks to the fact that the screens are really freakin' good at reflecting ambient light. Part of the problem, of course, is that virtually all phones outside of emerging markets demand color displays; mirasol tech isn't quite there yet, but it's getting there, and Qualcomm was showing off a nonfunctional example of what a high-end color mirasol phone could look like (think Motorola Q9, with more mirasol). The Hisense C108 candybar is an ultra low-end unit with the distinction of being the world's first phone to employ a mirasol screen in production, so we just had to play around with it. We admit, it's stellar at reflecting light even when conditions aren't the best, but obviously a backlight's still a necessity for using the phone in darkness. As for the phone itself... well, let's just keep its price point in perspective before we harsh on it, alright?

Hands-on with the Hisense C108 and other MEMS devices

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Hands-on with the Hisense C108 and other MEMS devices