The new material has been heralded as "the world's first graphene electronic paper," by Chen Yu, gm of Guangzhou OED Technologies, which developed it in partnership with a company in Chongqing.
Graphene is the world's strongest and lightest known material; a single layer of graphene is only 0.335 nanometers thick, and it can conduct heat and electricity.
The material can be used to create hard or flexible graphene displays, used in electronic products such as e-readers and wearable smart devices.
Compared with traditional e-papers, graphene e-paper is more pliable and has more intensity and its high-light transmittance means optical displays will be much brighter. In addition, graphene is derived from carbon, meaning production costs will be much lower than for traditional e-papers, which use the rare, expensive metal indium.
The new graphene material has not been publicly demonstrated. It remains unknown how available products will be even after they move into production next year, as Guangzhou OED forecasts.