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YotaPhone double-sided smartphone launches in Russia

This is the first “always-on” premium Android smartphone and features front-facing LCD and electronic paper display on the back.

Yota Devices is a Russian company known for its cellular modems and now it has just launched a unique smartphone, the YotaPhone being the industry's first dual-screen handset that features a front-facing LCD screen and a grayscale e-ink display on the back that has "always-on" capabilities.

Apart from the dual-display design approach, the features and technical specs of this handset are rather average, as you can see below:

  • Processor: 1.7 GHz dual-core Krait
  • Memory/Storage: 2 GB RAM; 32 GB internal storage
  • Displays: 4.3-inch capacitive multitouch LCD with 720X1,280 pixels and 4.3-inch e-ink with 360X640 pixels
  • Cameras: 13 MP with AF and LED flash and 1 MP webcam 
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS
  • Operating system: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Weight/Dimensions: 0.32 pounds; 5.26X2.64X0.39 inches
  • Battery/Autonomy: 1,800 mAh; up to 68 hours when using only the back screen

Available in black and white, the YotaPhone features a capacitive touch area below the electronic paper display that allows gesture controls. Its list of features includes location-based wallpapers or the "emotional" communication capabilities that earned the device an Innovation Lion award in July 2013 at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

The YotaPhone can be pre-ordered from for a price of 500 EUR (roughly $680 USD) and will hit retail stores in Russia and Germany later this month. By the end of Q1 2014 it will arrive in 20 markets all over Europe, the Middle East and in the CIS. Unfortunately it is not known when it will reach the United States, if this is going to happen at all.

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Codrut Nistor, 2013-12- 4 (Update: 2021-05-18)