YotaPhone: A Smartphone from Russia
Russia is entering the smartphone market with the introduction of a 4G YotaPhone with two screens, one side has a high resolution LCD screen and the other one comes with black-and-white electronic paper display (EPD) technology, by Yota, a Russian company that is famous for making modems and router equipment.
According to Yota, this added low-power screen that has E-ink display will help users to get the important information and images even if the handset is out of charge. E-ink displays are generally used in e-book readers and are helpful to read even in the sunlight but they have a decreased refresh rate making them inappropriate for videos and most of the games.
Both of the displays come in 4.3in (10.9cm) in size and are on the opposite sides of the phone’s body. In order to make the phone resistant to breakage, company has used the "gorilla glass" developed by Corning, a US Company.
"Two years ago we were not so dependent on all the kinds of information we consume now, from Facebook and Twitter to news and other RSS feeds," Vladislav Martynov, 43-year-old CEO of Yota Devices, told the BBC."The smartphone is now a window onto this virtual life, but today there's a lot of disappointment when you miss information. Our electronic paper display with our applications will remove this irritation."
This phone runs on Google’s Android OS. It comes in 32 or 64 GB Flash memory and 2 GB of RAM. It has a 12 megapixel main camera and HD front camera.
Although the company has been working on the project for two years but still working on five or six apps for the device to make use of the second screen and thereby has planned to put the device for sale in the second half of the next year.<
"This is a whole new segment and innovation in the marketplace," E-Ink's chief marketing officer Sri Peruvemba, said in a statement. "They have designed a product that we believe will have a lot of traction in the market."
(Image Credit: Yota Inc.)