Almost a year after we first heard about Yota Phone, this dual-display smartphone is finally going on sale today in Russia and select European countries. The phone has been priced at 19,990 RUB in Russia and €499 in Europe.
Yotaphone packs an e-ink display, which you normally see in e-readers, and traditional LCD panel. Other specifications of the phone include 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 4.3-inch 720p LCD and 1800mAh battery. The e-ink display is also 4.3-inches but packs a 640x360p resolution. The company is hoping that prospective consumers will use the LCD for the certain tasks like viewing videos or surfing web etc and stick to e-ink panel for reading e-books, viewing notifications, and other information, which doesn’t necessarily need a colour output.
The company has made various software tweaks on the phone to better support the e-ink panel. You can transfer anything seen on the LCD panel to the e-ink panel for later viewing like a map, note or even a recipe. This allows consumers to check out stuff like shopping lists etc for a long duration without wasting any battery on the traditional display.
Yotaphone is currently available via Yota website for consumers in Russia, Germany, France, Austria, and Spain. It will also be launched in UK, Czech Republic, Greece, and Cyprus next month and rest of Europe in Q1 of 2014. There is no word on the release in other markets.
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