Russian company Yota has just announced the upcoming availability of its dual-screen Android handset YotaPhone.
This is the first smartphone announced to feature a full-color LCD, along with an electronic paper display (EPD) on the other side.
The two displays integrated have different purposes and functions, which is what makes the YotaPhone so interesting in the first place.
Given the fact that the electronic paper display (EPD) should not drain too much energy from the 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery, it stands to reason that the phone
will offer users enough usage in comparison with devices that pack only one display.
Although both screens measure 4.3 inches, the EPD display is mostly used for receiving notifications, social media updates, as well as for reading news and displaying pictures.
“This will be the first time that people will be able to personalize the information they want to receive on their phones in an effortless way. You tell YotaPhone what information you want and when you want it. It becomes your personal assistant reminding you of what’s important to you,” said Yota Devices CEO Vlad Martynov.
On the other hand, YotaPhone users can watch videos, play games and perform the usual functions suitable for Android phones on its LCD display that supports HD (720 x 1280 pixels) resolution.
Hardware-wise, the YotaPhone will be equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor and 32GB or 64GB of internal memory.
The phone will also boast a 12-megapixel rear photo snapper with autofocus
, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, as well as a secondary HD front facing camera for video calls.
It is also worth mentioning that the YotaPhone will be powered by Google’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box, and will support LTE connectivity.
According to manufacturers, YotaPhone will be available for sale globally in H2 2013 and will be showcased at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, in late February.