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Yota Phone is a Dual-Sided Smartphone With E-ink

By - Source: Android Police | B 17 comments

LCD placed on one side, e-ink on the other.

Yota Devices has announced the Yota Phone, an Android-powered smartphone with an LCD display situated on one side, while the other sports an e-ink electronic paper display (EPD).

Both of the handset's screen measures at 4.3 inches, with the LCD screen in particular boasting a resolution of 1280 x 720, which is around 340 ppi (pixels-per inch). The Yota Phone aims to "help consumers enjoy life's virtual side without missing the real one" by switching between the two screens.

"Technology is setting the tone of our lives rather than the other way around," Yota said. "We at Yota Devices aim to rebalance the relationship with our smartphone."

The LCD screen is predominately designed for playing games, watching movies and performing general Android tasks, while the EPD one leans more towards delivering e-books and news articles.

The black and white side automatically updates itself with social media updates, notifications, calendar entries and news stories, among others. E-ink displays, meanwhile, don't require much power, allowing that side of the Yota Phone being able to stay on without draining battery life.

Yota's upcoming smartphone sports a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor and runs on Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. The main camera boasts 12-megapixels, accompanied by an unspecified "HD" front-facing camera.

The Yota Phone contains a 2,100mAH battery and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, joined by worldwide LTE support capable of connecting on the 3, 7 and 20 MIMO bands.

Yota Devices also integrated a power button that doubles as a SIM card slot, with the company promising a batch of apps that will take advantage of the dual-screens. More on the device, which launches sometime during the second half of 2013, will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February.


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    razor512 , December 14, 2012 3:33 AM
    might be good if you have full control over the e-ink, eg a button to send what ever you are looking at on the LCD, to the e-ink

    Great if you are reading a long article and want to switch to e-ink, or if you want to text then do that on e-ink.
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    vaughn2k , December 14, 2012 3:52 AM
    Time to look for something new and fresh...
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    Afrospinach , December 14, 2012 4:11 AM
    I just know if I got this I would end up innocently reading a news article while accidentally subjects those around me to hardcore porn.
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    saturnus , December 14, 2012 4:41 AM
    This is super cool. I was talking with a friend of mine a couple of months ago and said that exact idea would be great for a mobile phone. Can't wait till they have working full colour e-ink displays. That alone would at least double a phones battery time as the display is still by far the most power consuming component.
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    fightingslu , December 14, 2012 10:01 AM
    I would like this on a tablet
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    halcyon , December 14, 2012 10:04 AM
    This is quite neat but my thinking is who is Yota, what's their build quality, durability, etc.? Samsung, you should have thought of this instead of that weird camera thing you just pulled out of thy heiny.
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    CaedenV , December 14, 2012 10:48 AM
    I like the idea of an eink display.... but lets just have a single display. Make it color eink or a mirisol display and get rid of the power hungry lcd. It would not be for everyone, but I am sure there would be a market for it.
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    halcyon , December 14, 2012 11:15 AM
    ^That'd be no fun. The dual display is innovative. The LCD could be 1080p just to silence the doubters and cover both displays in Gorilla Glass 2 with aircraft grade alumiinum for the balance of the body and voila!
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    Branden , December 14, 2012 12:45 PM
    i've been waiting for years for an e-ink phone. call me crazy, but i use a phone for calls/texts and would like to see the screen in sunlight!
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    amdwilliam1985 , December 14, 2012 1:00 PM
    This is a great idea.
    Wait... Yota, please patent it worldwide before certain fruit company claims it's their innovation, I'm not trolling or kidding...

    Now, at any given moment are both of the screen active? If only 1 of the screen is active, can you seamlessly switch between the screens? It'll be great if I can play games and watch movie on the color side, and for everything else I'll do it on the e-ink. Someone else mentioned about color e-ink, move on to it in the future and we can see a new trend for smart phones. True innovations ;) 
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    classzero , December 14, 2012 1:29 PM
    halcyonThis is quite neat but my thinking is who is Yota, what's their build quality, durability, etc.? Samsung, you should have thought of this instead of that weird camera thing you just pulled out of thy heiny.

    Don't worry, Samsung is already copying this was we speak. Er I mean innovating now.
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    unoriginal1 , December 14, 2012 2:29 PM
    Pretty cool.
    But i know i would drop it... and instead of one shattered screen. I'd have two. :( 
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    jharvison81 , December 14, 2012 5:04 PM
    Amazon filed a patent for this already.

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    halcyon , December 14, 2012 5:46 PM
    unoriginal1Pretty cool.But i know i would drop it... and instead of one shattered screen. I'd have two.

    Gorilla Glass 2, per my earlier post.
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    army_ant7 , December 15, 2012 9:28 AM
    When I saw this article, I immediately remembered something like it mentioned in the past so I thought "Did these guys just get the idea off that?" And I found it, but I had forgotten that it was a patent. I wonder if there'll be any legal disputes, but the patent (or at least the title of article does say "Tablet" (not phone or devices in general)." Patent Shows Amazon's Design for Two-Sided Tablet
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    unoriginal1 , December 17, 2012 3:59 PM
    Gorilla Glass 2, per my earlier post.

    They could use bullet proof glass and I'd find a way to break it :( .
    Just that bad with phones.
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    Anonymous , January 3, 2013 4:10 PM
    +10 for this idea - either as Yota are doing (and yes they have a button which send the colour display image to e-ink), popslate which looks like a possibility (but just for iPhone, maybe Galazy S3) or as other's have mentioned, a dual mode display - one that somehow has a e-ink layer. The latter would be best but I suspect they will come to market in the order listed.