Yota to launch the YotaPhone with a secondary E Ink display
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While we recently saw the Alcatel One Touch Hero with an optional E Ink cover, Yota has taken the idea one step further with the dual-screen YotaPhone.
The new handset features a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 LCD touchscreen as well as a 4.3-inch 640 × 360 E Ink display with a capacitive touch stripe below it, a dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Android 4.2, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, a 12 MP back-facing camera, a 1 MP front-facing camera, 802.11 b/g/n wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 1800 mAh battery.
Other interesting features include notifications on the back screen that can be seen without unlocking the phone, and a swipe gesture that mirrors anything from the LCD screen onto the greyscale screen which will then persist even if the battery dies. Advantages for having an E Ink display amount to being able to see the screen clearly in direct sunlight, being a little kinder to your eyes when reading long documents, and saving battery life. The Russian company claims the new phone can offer up to 12 hours of battery life when using the LCD screen, and “much longer” when using the E Ink display.
The YotaPhone is expected to launch in Germany sometime in November for around 500 euros off contract (US$663).