New Kyocera phone has 2.8-inch e-paper screen, is the size of a credit card

By | 18th October 2018
Kyocera Card Keitei KY-01L official

Hot on the heels of the debut of the new Palm companion phone, an even more minimalist companion phone has been announced in Japan.

The Kyocera Card Keitei KY-01L is a phone that measures around 9 centimeters tall, 5 centimeters wide, and 5 millimeters thick, and it has a weight of just 47 grams. Its size isn't the only notable thing about it, though, as the KY-01L also has an e-paper display that measures just 2.8 inches in size.

There's no camera to be found here, but there is Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support and Wi-Fi connectivity so that you can experience the web in black and white. There's Bluetooth support included as well, and its IPX2 rating will help protect the KY-01L from some light water splashes.

Kyocera Card Keitei KY-01L credit card

Finally, there's a 380mAh battery that can give you a standby time of 100 hours and a talk time of 110 minutes. The battery may sound small compared to modern smartphones — and it really is — but thanks to the KY-01L's small size and e-paper display, the battery doesn't sound to shabby.

The Kyocera Card Keitei KY-01L will launch in Japan next month at a price of 32,000 yen ($285 USD). It's not likely that we'll ever see this device in the U.S., but it's an interesting device that may be a small companion phone like that small Palm handset, but it's actually a pretty different phone, too. With its e-paper screen and lack of a camera, it could be an option for folks who really want to disconnect from their smartphone without completely disconnecting from the world around them.

Would you carry the Kyocera Card Keitei KY-01L if it launched in your country?