YotaPhone with always on second e-ink display gets officially announced


The Moto X is cool in that it’s always listening, but the YotaPhone will provide an always-on display using e-ink technology. We have heard about the YotaPhone for several months, but Yota Devices has finally made it official. The always-on display is actually a second display that is on the back of the phone. However, this is no small display as it comes in at 4.3-inches. It is monochrome, but it will always be on, is battery efficient, and works great in sunlight.

The main display of the phone is also 4.3-inches, which happens to be LCD and 720p (1280 x 720). The rest of the guts include a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 2GB of RAM, 13MP camera, and 1,800mAh battery.

Developers will also be able to create apps for the second display using APIs from Yota Devices. The YotaPhone is available for pre-order in Austria, France, Spain, and Germany for €499 ($678) and will hit another 20 markets by the end of the 1st quarter 2014. It will also be available in Russia (Yota’s home market) starting tomorrow for a price of 19,990 Russian Rubles ($602).

Check out the video from the launch event below and hit the source link for more info or to pre-order.

source: YotoPhone

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Phillip Katulka

    AWESOME! I wonder why it took so long. E-ink uses such little power and given it’s monochrome it requires very little processing power or RAM to store the images that it would be a huge enhancement at a very small expense in both real cost and cost in the form of battery power and performance. Also, it becomes a status page that can display 24/7 and give you constant and immediate access to all manner of information that doesn’t require color. The more I think about it, the more I wonder why it’s taken this long to come up with it.

    Now make this in a 5″ display version with 1080 display on the color side and you’ve got a winner – hands down.