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Dual-screen YotaPhone to Ship Before Year's End

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Why have one screen when you can have two?

The dual-screen YotaPhone smartphone that we first clapped eyes on way back in 2012 is almost ready for launch. The phone comes from Russian company Yota Devices, which announced end-of-November availability via Russian retailer Svyaznoy. TechCrunch writes that the phone will be available internationally before Christmas.

 

Though its tech specs are not all that special, the YotaPhone is special in that it has a display on both the front and back of the device. The rear-facing panel is a 4.3-inch 360 x 640 EPD 16 grayscale e-ink display with a capacitive touch area underneath the display. On the front, you have a more traditional 4.3-inch 720 x 1280 capacitive multitouch LCD. The rear display functions as a notification screen and displays other information such as the time and date. It's always on, even if your battery is dead.

YotaPhone is based on a dual-core 1.7 GHz CPU and 2 GB of RAM and features 32 GB of storage, support for WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS, a 13-megapixel camera in the back, a 1-megapixel camera in the front, and an 1800 mAh battery. It runs on Android Jelly Bean v4.2.2. No word on pricing just yet, but we'll keep you posted.

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    gaborbarla , November 17, 2013 1:40 AM
    Sounds brilliant. The e-ink wont run the phone down and can show important incoming messages or news.
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    vinhn , November 17, 2013 1:40 AM
    What's the point of dual screen? Tweet + Update Facebook at once?
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    gaborbarla , November 17, 2013 1:40 AM
    Sounds brilliant. The e-ink wont run the phone down and can show important incoming messages or news.
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    DrBackwater , November 17, 2013 3:10 AM
    Horrible resolutiind and size.
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    vinay2070 , November 17, 2013 4:44 AM
    The e-ink display consumes power only when scrolling pages. Good to put the todo list, a pic or even a quote all day.
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    ferooxidan , November 17, 2013 6:38 AM
    this is good for selfies.haha
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    toastybatch565 , November 17, 2013 7:08 AM
    This is actually quite an innovation in the phone industry. Well at least it's far more innovative than gimmicky like curved phones.
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    deftonian , November 17, 2013 7:32 AM
    Yeah, that is awesome. Perfect for reading messages in the daylight. I hope this takes off and gets other thinking in this direction. Maybe even phones that have half an e-ink screen on the back that displays the time, how many notifications you have, missed calls, etc. A lot of cool things could come about this tech.
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    jacobdrj , November 17, 2013 8:27 AM
    Very cool.
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    rwinches , November 17, 2013 8:28 AM
    Yeah, not so great for privacy as it is always on.
    How are you supposed to hold the phone without triggering a touch?
    Yeah, really great idea not gimmicky at all. Doh!
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    presna , November 17, 2013 8:51 AM
    so another extra screen to scratch and crack???? yaaay....

    wouldn't a clam-shell design be better for a dual screen idea? the outer screen can be the energy saving/less informative/whatever function required.....

    interesting idea but bad design....
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    lpedraja2002 , November 17, 2013 10:42 AM
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    Yeah, not so great for privacy as it is always on.
    How are you supposed to hold the phone without triggering a touch?
    Yeah, really great idea not gimmicky at all. Doh!


    Man you really lack imagination. The e-ink screen can be touch disabled whenever the main screen is on. There problem solved, no R&D job for you lol.
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    CaedenV , November 17, 2013 4:21 PM
    This is neat! I am not entirely sure I would pull the trigger on one, but I would be extremely interested in a phone with only a color e-ink or a mirisol display for daylight readability.

    Having a screen on both sides of a phone... less appealing, but still at least a neat idea, and gets away from the black/silver/white brick with a screen.

    ... when is the pomegranate phone coming out? lol
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    rwinches , November 17, 2013 4:42 PM
    "Man you really lack imagination. The e-ink screen can be touch disabled whenever the main screen is on. There problem solved, no R&D job for you lol.

    Wow, 'LOL' talk about no imagination.

    Even if your solution is employed, you ignore the more important privacy issue remains.

    Plus as suggested above a clamshell design would be a better solution, by far.
    Especially if the outer screen folded all the way around back. There problem really solved.
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    TomsSound , November 18, 2013 9:22 PM
    “Powerful you have become, the dark side I sense in you.”
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    g00fysmiley , November 20, 2013 6:47 PM
    specs on this looked great when previewed now they are dated, i hope they release some with higher specs like a snapdragon 800 or other fast quad core. good ram thogh and the screens will help when wanting to save battery though i have been wondering why nobody does a plain e ink only phone, samsung bought that company with color e ink displays they should do something with it
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    TheTabletAddict , November 23, 2013 7:39 AM
    I wonder how the phone operates while talking on the handset. I already have trouble with my face sometimes accidentally ending the call, so I can only imagine a dual screen and my hand getting in the way of hitting buttons and ending calls. Maybe the screen goes black when on a call, like some smartphones today. I don't see an immediate need for dual screens, but they get an A for effort and creativity.