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MWC 2014 | Yota shows off its revamped dual-screen phone

Yota shows off its revamped dual-screen phone
Yota shows off its revamped dual-screen phone
The YotaPhone has both a Full HD AMOLED display and a secondary E Ink display

Yota got a lot of attention when it showed off its first dual-screen phone last year, but middling specs and a high price tag ultimately prevented the device from really catching on. Now the Russian company is back with an improved YotaPhone that will hopefully address the initial phone's shortcomings.

The new model features a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 AMOLED display, a 4.7-inch 960 x 540 E Ink display that now includes a built in light and full touch support, an unspecified Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series processor, 2 GB of RAM, 802.11 ac wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB 3.0, GPS, and a 2550 mAh battery.

The benefits of an E Ink display are hard to argue, especially now that it has been improved to be usable in the dark. The secondary screen can now also be used to display notifications in real time and to respond to emails and text messages, all while offering 50+ hours of battery life. We'll have to wait to see if any more changes are made by the time the device actually launches, but for now it looks promising.

The new YotaPhone is expected to launch in Russia in Q4 of this year with a rollout to the United States and Asia to follow three to four months later. Prices have not yet been announced though Yota is offering a “significant” discount for owners of the original model who want to upgrade.

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Craig Munro, 2014-02-25 (Update: 2014-02-25)