Russian Dual Screen YotaPhone Going Global, Almost - HotHardware
Russian Dual Screen YotaPhone Going Global, Almost

Russian Dual Screen YotaPhone Going Global, Almost

The YotaPhone from Russia’s Yota Devices presents an intriguing take on the smartphone by offering a dual-screen device wherein one side is a typical 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen and the other is an electronic paper display with e-Ink.

The Android-based handset is going on sale today in Russia, Austria, France, Spain, and Germany, and it will also be available in twenty CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), European, and Middle East markets by the end of Q1 2014.

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Notably absent from that list is the Americas. So it goes.

The YotaPhone concept offers a new way to view notifications by showing them on the eInk side of the unit all the time. This solves that cloying need to constantly “wake up” your phone to see what’s going on, and the eInk display demands very little battery life so it’s not going to drain your phone.

Plus, the electronic paper is nice for reading, whether you’re viewing an ebook or an email.
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Now #1 on my christmas list. I've been wanting an eInk phone for years.

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This is a very good idea. I like the looks of this.

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Kind of want to try this out, too bad it's not available in America.

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Crazy Russians.

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I'd actually really like to see this taken a step further, where we use the eInk display most of the time and only pull up the rich, colorful display when we really need it, like for watching videos, looking at/editing photos, etc. Viewing my emails, reading my news, texting, making phone calls, etc. from a nice easy-on-the-eyes B&W display actually sounds quite nice...

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Using the eInk most of the time would sure save battery power.

This really IS a great idea.

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