Dual-screen Yotaphone Launches, It's both a Smartphone and an E-reader

 

Yotaphone

The innovative Yotaphone has both front and rear-facing displays

 

It's been almost a year now since the dual-screen Yotaphone first wowed journalists from across the world at CES 2013. Now Yota, the Russian company behind the innovative device, have confirmed it'll be available to buy in Russia, Austria, France, Spain and Germany before Christmas.

 

The Yotaphone will then go on to be available in a further 15 countries by the end of the first quarter of 2014, and that includes the UK. Across Europe it'll be priced at 499 Euros, which equates to £415 - so it's by no means a cheap device. But why should you still be interested?

 

Well, the Yotaphone has a 4.3 inch LCD touch-screen (1280*720pixel) on the front and an e-ink display (360x640  pixels) on its rear. E-ink displays are usually included on e-readers because they drain very little battery and have improved visibility in bright sunlight.

 

On the Yotaphone the e-ink display can be used to display information and notifications even when the smartphone is in sleep mode without affecting battery life. Once an image is displayed on the screen it stays there until refreshed, and the refreshing process is the only time it drains power.

 

Interestingly, an e-ink display can never be turned-off, but you can always display a blank image. Limitations ofa  new type of display are that they are limited to black and white, suffer from poor refresh rates making them unsuitable for video playback and gaming and that they are significantly thicker than equivalent LCD displays.

 

Yota Devices CEO Vlad Martynov added “Yotaphone combines a smartphone and e-reader into one device for those who enjoy reading on the go. You can save images and information on the second screen, and it stays there, even if you lose battery power.”

 

Aside from making the Yotaphone a smartphone and tablet in one, the e-ink display can be used to display maps, reminders or notifications. With the makers of the smartphone claiming that "The typical user picks up and activates their smartphone more than 150 times a day,".

 

The end result, well the Yotaphone delivers 7-10 times better battery life than more-conventional smartphones.

 

What do you think of the Yotaphone? Is the e-ink display a gimmick or is it a useful addition? Let us know your thoughts below.

 

Yotaphone Specification

  • Dimensions: 133.6 x 67 x 9.99mm
  • Weight: 146g
  • Processor: Dual Core 1.7 GHz Krait
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Onboard Storage: 32GB
  • Main display: 4.3” 720x1280 LCD, 16.7M colours; capacitive multi touch
  • Rear display: 4.3” 360x640 EPD, 16 grayscale; capacitive touch zone below the EPD for gesture controls
  • Cameras: 13 MP AF, LED flash, front camera 1MP
  • Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • Connectivity: 4G, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS

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By Simon Thomas on 04th December, 2013


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