The Russian Made Dual Screen YotaPhone
Actually, the Russian made phone has debuted to positive reviews. Its dual screen feature is actually quite useful- the phone, about the size of a Samsung Galaxy S4, has two LCD screens. On one side, there is a real eReader for reading books, magazines, or text based material that stays on until you turn it off. The other side is your typical cell phone screen with apps and icons and where much of your time is spent unless you have a eBook to read.
The eReader is a black and white, high resolution screen, much like the Nook and Kindle. The reverse side is a high resolution color screen, much like the Samsung. In fact, one could say it is a Samsung Galaxy clone because the dimensions, the LCD screens, cameras are identical. Even if the battery goes dead, the image on the eReader remains on the screen. But the battery life of the eReader alone is 68 hrs!
Yotaphone runs a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, with 2GB of RAM. There is also a 13-megapixel camera located on the EPD side of the phone. YotaPhone's unique "always-on" technology helps to preserve the phone's 1800mAh battery power; in reading mode, the device has up to 10 times the lasting power of other smartphones.
The heart of the phone is its Google Android OS and will be sold only in European countries in the coming year to test the market for $600 (500 euros). The phone is made by Yota, a spinoff from the Russian defense industry, known for its routers and modems. Its CEO was a former employee at Microsoft. The company hopes to sell 500,000 units in 2014.
The concept is unique and wonder's if Apple or others even considered this. The dual screen use is not a gimmick, but a real useful device when you need a eReader or electronic documents without a PDF. YotaPhone uses EPD technology to display important information such as, boarding passes, maps, tickets, etc.
The biggest hurdle is the cell phone competition field and market. Will this Russian made product succeed?