Okay, this one’s a little out of the ordinary, but we certainly like what we’re seeing. A relatively unknown company known as YotaDevices from Russia has just taken the wraps of the YotaPhone which has a rather strange form factor. The smartphone features a regular 4.3-inch HD display on the front, and the back of the smartphone has a 4.3-inch E-Ink display (yes, like the one on the early versions of Amazon Kindle). The idea basically behind the device is that users get to enjoy reading on a dedicated E-Ink display and go about their daily business with the brilliant HD display on the front.
Inside the YotaPhone is a dual core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 12MP rear camera along with a front facing “HD” camera. Its highlight is the 4.3-inch EPD E-Ink display and the 4.3-inch HD LCD as we mentioned above. The smartphone also comes with LTE support on board and Android 4.2 as the default operating system. So this one here is certainly not a muck when it comes to specs. There’s hardly anything wrong about the device, even the E-Ink display seems like a neat touch, but is it practical? Well, we can’t pass judgment until we have some hands on time with the device.
Despite the specs heavy billing of the smartphone, it weighs only 140 grams. The YotaPhone comes with a meager 2,100 mAh battery, which should do alright with the power efficient S4 chip on board. Both sides of the phone are shielded by Corning’s Gorilla Glass, which should make them pretty sturdy. The company is believed to have been working on the device since 2010, with this being the final version of the device all set to hit the markets.
The E-Ink display on the back is more than just an eBook reader. While the main display will be off at most times, the E-Ink display will show all the notifications like missed calls, messages or something related to the social networks. It’s not bad looking either, the white one looks pretty slick and there’s one design element which has taken me by surprise. Well, the device apparently has a removable SIM card tray like on the One X or the Lumia 920 on the top, but it also doubles as a power button. Its functionality should be interesting to see. The device apparently will be showcased at the MWC in February where pricing and availability details will apparently be given. We don’t expect this to be launched all over the globe, but most Asian and European countries should get it in time for Q2 2013 or probably earlier. Running on Android 4.2 is a huge bonus, especially when a device is coming from a rather unknown manufacturer in the global arena. We like what we see here, and let’s hope there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Via: Android Central