Dual-screen YotaPhone launches, arriving in the UK next month

Dual-screen YotaPhone launches, arriving in the UK next monthIt's taken the best part of a year to happen, but the dual-screen YotaPhone smartphone that first crossed our radars at the start of the year is finally available to the public.

That's not the UK public yet, unfortunately – our chance to get some dual-screen action only comes next month. For now you'll have to be in Russia, France, Spain, Germany or Austria to get your hands on one.

The YotaPhone – the work of Russian firm Yota Devices – is the first ever candybar-style smartphone to have screens on both sides of the handset. On the front is a standard 4.3in LCD, while on the back is an always-on e-paper display of the same size.

The idea is that the rear screen can display emails, texts and notifications so you can keep up to date with what's happening on your phone without activating the LCD, which should prove quicker and less power-hungry than the standard message.

It can also display maps and other basic graphical information, and of course can function as a conventional e-reader display for enjoying a spot of light reading while on the move.

Yota Devices says the YotaPhone can run for 68 hours straight using the e-paper display, and the company has created a series of gestures for sharing content between the screens, which sit on top of the standard Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean interface.

Elsewhere, the spec is decidedly middle-of-the-road: you get a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP/1MP cameras and an 1800mAh battery.

The front-facing LCD display has a 720p resolution, while the e-paper screen is a more low-rate 360 x 640 greyscale affair.

At a launch price of €499 (around £415) the YotaPhone is far from cheap – then again the extra expense is at least going to something meaningful. It arrives on the market in the same week as a pair of utterly forgettable new Android devices from BenQ, phones which offer absolutely nothing beyond a me-too set of low-end specs in a predictable package.

That's not meant as a criticism of BenQ – there are plenty other phones in the same bracket, after all. The point is the YotaPhone has something unique about it, and for that we can only hope it does well for itself.

Via PC Pro

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 5, 2013 at 20:55

want

daaabs  Dec. 6, 2013 at 03:22

Elsewhere, the spec is decidedly middle-of-the-road: you get a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP/1MP cameras and an 1800mAh battery.

Since when was that middle-of-the-road???

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 6, 2013 at 09:13

Elsewhere, the spec is decidedly middle-of-the-road: you get a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP/1MP cameras and an 1800mAh battery.

Since when was that middle-of-the-road???


Agree. The battery: the eInk screen will reduce battery consumption if used as intended. So a bigger battery might be unnecessary - and, of course, there are space issues what with two screens around the battery.
2GB RAM is plenty by any standard. With the eInk screen, again, some load is taken off of the RAM. Processor? Come on, again... THINK, McClane, think :p
Since when is 'adequate' to be dismissed? The Lumia 925 is dual core - has a much bigger screen, and an insignificantly bigger battery!

Or the iPhone 5c - on paper its new battery is a tiny upgrade. In real life it outperforms the original iPhone 5 significantly. A phone or PC or tab is more than its isolated specs.

When HTC released the quad-core One X and dual-core One S almost all users and reviewers
who got their hands on both models agreed that the One S was at least as fast as the quad-core brother. Smaller screen etc etc....

Stelph  Dec. 6, 2013 at 10:21

Could just be me but after reading a lot about the Yota im a little disappointed that it doesnt send EVERYTHING to the e-ink screen, instead relying on support being built into apps to use it.

It may not be for everyone but there are a number of sporting apps (GPS, HR, Speed etc) for cycling, running, rowing that I do that I currently use a smartphone for, and normal screens are crap in the sun, so a full smartphone with an eInk screen would be a godsend for that,currently however no dice even with the Yotaphone and the e-ink covers for the Alcatel and Samsung

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