The YotaPhone runs Android 4.2, has LTE, and two screens
By Jerry Hildenbrand | Dec 12 2012 | 1:43 am | 0 COMMENTS
We've seen dual display devices before, but never one like this. The Russian broadband service provider Yota has engineered their own Android phone, with big specs, and a full sized e-ink display on the back. If you're thinking that the name sounds familiar, Yota also happens to be the company that released the world's first Wimax 4G cellular network, and is a leader in 4G LTE technology.
The phone has been designed so that besides the always present time and weather notifications also are displayed on the e-ink panel. Social networking, calls, messages and reminders appear, or a user configurable slideshow of images can be displayed. Of course, you can also read news and eBooks on the 4.3-inch e-ink display. Flip things over, and a matching 4.3-inch 720p LCD is ready for watching a movie or surfing the web. It's novel, and different. I've always said I like different, and can't wait to have a good look at this one.
Chances are it will be an eastern European and Asian only affair, but we do have some specs.
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8960 Dual Core 1.5 Ghz Krait
OS: Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean
Dimensions: 67 x 131 (7.3 / 9.9) mm
Weight: 140 grams
Display: EPD Eink, 4.3z-inch, LCD JDI, 4.3z1280x720 (HD)
Connectivity: LTE (bands 3, 7, 20 MIMO), 2G, 3G, 4G, Wifi (Direct), BT, NFC
Storage: 32 or 64 GB Flash
RAM: 2 GB
Battery: 2100 mAh
Camera: 12 MP main camera, HD front camera
Controls: Touch strip for EPD control, Power and Volume Keys, SIM slot combined with Power key button
Connectors: Magnetic Adaptor for charging and data, Audio 3.5mm
The 2100 mAh battery is a bit concerning since it's an LTE device powering two separate 4.3-inch displays (even if one is e-ink), but the specs are nothing to laugh at -- especially the part where it ships with 4.2 on board. Hopefully we learn some more about this one, and it eventually appears on an importers list. Hit the break for more press renders.