Meet the YotaPhone- a smartphone which comes with a second screen at the back. The YotaPhone features a liquid crystal display on one side and an electronic paper display on the other. The second screen has been included to enable users to have access to the information they want and need on a continual basis without having to wake up their phone.
Jumbo Electronics, a consumer electronics retailer and distributor in the UAE, has partnered with Flipkart to launch the YotaPhone in India at a price of Rs. 23,499.
“YotaPhone features an electronic paper display that would work as a second screen, making it possible to deliver an array of new and improved user experiences,” explains Abdul Karim Sawan, Vice President for Yota Devices – Middle East and India. “It combines a smartphone and e-reader into one device for those who enjoy reading on-the-go even in the brightest sunlight. You can save images and information on the second screen, and it stays there, even if you lose battery power. You can save anything on the always-on display from a map to a boarding pass. Information, like a missed call or meeting reminder, stays on the always-on screen until it is no longer needed.”
The YotaPhone sports a 16 million colour 4.3-inch IPS LCD touch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 342 ppi pixel density on one side and a 4.3-inch 16-grayscale electronic paper display with a resolution of 640 x 360 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio and 170 ppi pixel density on the other side.
The YotaPhone runs on a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus with 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal memory and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
Powered by an 1800mAh battery, the dual-screen smartphone mounts a 13MP rear camera and a 1MP front camera. On the connectivity front, the device offers 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
According to the company, the YotaPhone was developed based on findings that the typical smartphone user activates their smartphone more than 150 times a day, to check for messages or information they need or want that may be hidden behind their phone’s black screen. Yota Devices realized three years ago that electronic paper display (EPD) technology could make information available and visible without draining battery life and began working with E Ink to adapt their proprietary technology for a dual-screen smartphone.
Yota Devices developed patented software to allow information to be shared and used between YotaPhone’s two screens. It has also developed a number of applications that come preloaded onto YotaPhone.