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The Russian Made Dual Screen YotaPhone

Updated on December 8, 2013
On the left, the cell phone screen, in the center, the eReader (on backside of phone)
On the left, the cell phone screen, in the center, the eReader (on backside of phone)

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?


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      perrya 4 years ago

      Thanks, I agree.

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      William Grant 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Not bad... I think Russia has finally shed it's engineering stigma. There used to be a joke: What doesn't buzz and doesn't fit in your ass? A Russian ass buzzer.

      The trick... yeah, is the competition. Even if the engineering is sound, they're going up against some heavy hitters in the phone market. It's not a given that people are going to want all those features in a phone. The irony in phone development has been the tiny screen. Small makes it convenient and portable, but makes the screen hard to use. Larger makes the screen easier to use, but the bulk takes away from it's portability. Now if someone could develop a technology that fixed that paradox, THEY would rule the entire market... no contest.