YotaPhone comes to Moscow on December 4
The end of 2013 is clearly a great time for smartphone debuts. After Jolla announced that their very first smartphone will launch on November 27 in Helsinki, starting a new era for the Finnish smartphone manufactory, their Russian colleagues don’t feel like staying behind. The Russian mobile services company and smartphone manufacturer started working on its first YotaPhone prototype back in December last year and it appears that the unique double-display handset is finally going on board. The company announced that their first smart device will debut on December 4 in Moscow.
The YotaPhone handset is the first of its kind packing a traditional LCD on the front and e-ink in the back, at the same time. Both sides are enhanced with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 making the handset extremely hard to break, because that’s how Russians roll, and it brags with unique matte texture on the back side. On one hand, the YodaPhone is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor coated at 1.5GHz that runs Jelly Bean smooth and lag-free, and on the other, it’s a 4.3 inch smartphone with its LCD display measurements of 1280×720 pixels. The handset doesn’t have the traditional Android buttons, but brings the button command activation via gesture control on the panel that is placed under the LCD. As for the double display, you can easily transfer apps from the front to the rear display, again by gesture, and leave them there running natively. It’s a very useful thing if you want the Calendar or the Weather app to indicate information all the time instead of switching through apps all the time. It also goes for reading ebooks and you can personalize it by placing your achievements and all the information you need. The e-ink display on the back will also save a lot of the battery life.
The YotaPhone is expected to have a huge success in Russia, as national manufacturing always comes first, but who knows- the double-screen gesture-activating smartphone might become a big seller in Europe as well.
Source: Android Central