Yota Devices, a Russian phone manufacturer, announced that it will launch a new smartphone with displays on both sides in late 2013. The phone dubbed YotaPhone will feature one standard 4.3 inch 720p LCD display on the frontside and one E-ink screen on the backside. The secondary E-ink display, which is commonly installed in e-readers, will be used to display incoming news headlines, missed calls, calendar, reminders and other notifications. The technology of such displays makes it easier to read in sunlight and because it doesn’t emit light it basically doesn’t need power. Thanks to this we will be able to use YotaPhone longer than any other smartphone, as long as we don’t watch videos or play games.
YotaPhone’s E-ink screen is not the only nice feature of the phone. The phone also has a primary 4.3 icnh display, 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor, a decent 13-megapixel camera, 2GB or ram and 32 GB of storage space. It will run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. Dual-screen is also a challenge for app developers as they are faced with new capabilities that they hopefully will creatively use.
Unfortunately, it will take some time before YotaPhone reaches the British Isles. It will be only available in the motherland of its creators, Russia, in the third quarter of 2013 and there still no plans for spreading it elsewhere. However, if you happen to attend Mobile World Congress in March 2013, you will have a chance to experience the phone as Yota Devices will be presenting it during that trade show.