Yotaphone release date, price and specs: The dual-screen smartphone
- 05 December, 2013 19:38
If you're using a smartphone with just one screen, then you might feel that it's somewhat inadequate. Yota says the YotaPhone is "the first 'always-on' premium Android smartphone with a liquid crystal display on one side and an electronic paper display on the other".
Yes, you did read that correctly. The Yotaphone has a regular LCD screen on the front and a second e-ink display on the back. Because the second screen is e-ink, it can display information without consuming battery. It can display notifications, emails, tweets, and other information - not just books.
Yotaphone release date
If you're thinking about getting your hands on the Yotaphone then here's what you need to know.
The device went on sale yesterday (4 December) in Russia, Austria, France, Spain and Germany. It will then be available in 15 other countries including the UK by the end of the first quarter next year. In the UK it will only be available from the Yotaphone online shop.
Yota has confirmed that in Europe the Yotaphone will retail for 499. There's no UK sterling price yet but we'll let you know as soon as we find out.
If you're keen you can head to the Yotaphone website and 'pre-order', which at the moment means signing up to be informed when the device is available.
The two screens are the main attraction of the Yotaphone but here is the full set of specifications for you to take in. The phone runs Android Jelly Bean and supports 4G networks.
OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
CPU: Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait
Form factor: Monoblock touch with front and back screens
Dimensions: 134 x 67 x 9.99mm, 146g
Colours: Black and white
Main screen: 4.3in 720x1280 LCD, 16.7M colours; capacitive multi touch
Back screen: 4.3in 360x640 EPD, 16 grayscale; capacitive touch zone below the EPD for gesture controls
Network: LTE 800/1800/2600 MHz, UMTS 900/1800/2100 MHz, GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz
Cameras: Main camera 13Mp AF, LED flash, front camera 1Mp
Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS w/A-GPS + Glonass
Video: 1080p 30fps; H.263, H.264 AVC, MPEG-4, WebM
Audio: MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, AMR, MIDI, WAV
Other: Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, FM radio, micro-SIM, special YotaPhone gestures and Put2Back applications for the back screen