Is a smartphone that utilizes both a regular LCD screen and an e-ink screen possible? Russian wireless carrier Yota Devices wants to remind you that yes, yes it is possible with its new YotaPhone concept. Under the hood, the smartphone has a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, an LTE chip and a 12-megapixel rear camera. However— the real kicker of the device is its two displays— one on the front, one on the back. The front display holds a 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720 (720P) display, while the rear one can display a full e-ink content. It appears the rear display will be best suited for displaying key information tied to a user’s everyday life like appointments, playlists or other things of that nature.
While the concept is indeed interesting, prospective customers will need to go through quite a wait before the device can get in the palms of their hands. The YotaPhone is expected to go on sale in Q3 2013 in Russia, while other markets internationally will see the device sometime after that. More details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.
Yota Devices is an independent, private company that produces hardware and software
innovation-focused technology including LTE routers, dongles and modems. The company is
based in Moscow, Russia. The company is now developing a new dual screen smartphone with an electronic paper display on the second screen. The phone will be available for sale in Russia in Q3 2013 and the rest of the world by Q4 2013.
Yota Devices was established in December 2011 as a spin-off from the Yota Group, an
investment group that was focused in the IT and telecom sector. The Yota name has been kept to reflect the excellent brand recognition of the Yota Group and to emphasize that Yota Devices is a consumer-friendly, hardware and software innovator.
Yota Devices believes in a business philosophy strongly focused on innovation around the user experience. Yota Devices has a proven record in enhancing and modifying existing products to optimize customer interaction with their devices.
The company has produced more than 3 million connectivity devices, including modems,
routers and dongles. The company has 6% of the global LTE devices market.
The idea for our new dual screen smartphone emerged in 2010 from the desire to change the
way users interact with their smartphones. The topic turned to the smartphone industry and
why it is obsessed with specs – bigger screens, more megapixels, lighter weight – rather than improving the user experience.
In September 2010, the initial concept of a smartphone featuring electronic paper display
technology on the second screen was presented to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The
company immediately began working on a prototype and, in 2011, presented the functional
YotaPhone prototype and business case to investors, who quickly realized that the company
was on the path to creating not just a highly competitive and innovative product – the next
generation smartphone – but a new industry trend. They also believed that this totally
product could be the engine for growing a sustainable business that continuously reinvests into new innovations and puts technology to work for users.
YotaPhone was unveiled to the public in December 2012 and production is underway. The
phone will be available for sale in Russia in Q3 2013 and internationally soon after that.
Yota Devices is an experienced developer and provider of fast, reliable and elegantly designed modems, routers and dongles. The first 4G WiMAX products were introduced to the market in 2008. Since then, more than 10 devices have been developed. The latest is Amber and Ruby, the latest generation of multimode (GSM/UMTS/LTE) dongle and portable router and advanced LTE-only multiband dongle.
Key Yota products include:
LTE-only FDD multiband dongle. It was commercially launched on December 2011 in Novosibirsk, Russia, after successful trials earlier that year in Kazan. Today, more than 1 million units have been sold primarily in Russia and Belarus. When introduced, it was the smallest, fastest time to Internet (only 5 seconds after plug in) LTE dongle on the market. It has more than 5 patented features.
LTE/UMTS/GSM dongle simultaneously supporting FDD Bands 1/3/7/20 and TDD 38 unique
9.9mm thickness, seamless over-the-air software update and driver-less operation.
LTE/UMTS/GSM portable router simultaneously supporting FDD Bands 1/3/7/20 and TDD 38.
Featuring electronic paper display, absolutely unique battery lifetime (up to 60 hours active) and patented USB hinge design.
The newest generation of premium multimode dongle and portable router with unique
combination of materials: steel, natural leather and glass. Featuring embedded/cloud sync
memory storage, seamless updates and e-ink display. It is based on the latest MDM9225 by