Yota has officially released its YotaPhone smartphone at an event in Russia marking the public availability of the phone in four other countries including Russia.
The unique thing about the YotaPhone is its dual display – 4.3-inch LCD display in the front and a rear 4.3-inch e-ink display. The front LCD display has a 1,280 x 720 resolution while the rear e-ink display boats of 360 x 640 EPD.
The YotaPhone is powered by a Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, 1800mAh battery, Android 4.2.2, 13-megapixel rear camera and a 1-megapixel front snapper, and 32GB internal storage.
The primary use of the rear display is for viewing calendar, time, date, social media updates and messages, along with quite a few other such things without draining the smartphone’s battery. Yota has also revealed that the rear display can be used to view maps or a contact’s number even when the battery has run out.
With a price tag of €499 (around £413), YotaPhone will be available from Yota’s online shop in Austria, France, Germany, Russia and Spain starting today. The smartphone is expected to launch in the UK in January 2014 and should hit shelves in CIS, Europe and Middle East some time during the first quarter of 2014.