Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Russian company YotaPhone has launched dual screen handset; 4.3-inch LCD on front, greyscale e-reader on rear

Russian company Yota has launched world's first dual screen phone in Russia and parts of Europe and the Middle East. Company plan to sell the phone in 20 countries next year.

This new handest of Yota is assembled in China from components made in Japan and Taiwan. It features a backlit liquid crystal display (LCD) screen on one side and an electronic paper display designed to mimic the appearance of ordinary ink on paper, which is always switched on.

Company's Chief Executive Vlad Martynov said pointing at the smartphone's front screen."It's a new type of gadget. With smartphones it's always one problem - its display is always black, it always sleeps, which we think is fundamentally wrong,"  The electronic paper screen can stream social media, text messages, maps, weather and breaking news. It also works as an e-book.

This new handset from YotaPhone comes with a 4.3-inch 720p LCD display on the front, with swipe gestures being used in place of regular Android buttons. Around the back is a similarly-sized e-ink panel at 360x640 resolution, which can be used to display secondary information and can show the weather and calendar alerts.

YotaPhone is  powered with a dual-core 1.7GHz Krait processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, with support for the main HSPA and LTE bands used in Europe. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera and is powered with a battery of 1800mAh capacity. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS.

Technical Specifications of Yotaphone are listed down.
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 OS
  • 1.7GHz Krait processor 
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage
  • Monoblock touch with front and back screens
  • Dimension : 133.6 x 67 x 9.99mm
  • Weight : 146g
  • Variants :  Black and white
  • Front Screen : 4.3” 720x1280 LCD, 16.7M colours; capacitive multi touch
  • Back Screen :  4.3” 360x640 EPD, 16 grayscale; capacitive touch zone below the EPD for gesture controls
  • Network :  800/1800/2600 MHz, UMTS 900/1800/2100 MHz, GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Camera : Main camera 13 MP AF, LED flash, front camera 1MP
  • Connectivity :  WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, BT v4.0, GPS w/A-GPS + Glonass
  • Video :  1080p 30fps; H.263, H.264 AVC, MPEG-4, WebM
  • Audio :  MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, AMR, MIDI, WAV
  • Battery :  1800mAh
  • Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, FM radio, micro-SIM, special YotaPhone gestures and Put2Back applications for the back screen

Yota's new handset will available for 19,990 roubles in Russian stores whereas Apple's iPhone 5c with same memory is around 29,000 roubles. In Europe and the UAE the YotaPhone will be priced for 499 euros and $600, respectively.

Yota has received about 10,000 pre-orders which are mainly from Russia. You can check company's website to pre-order one.

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