Back in December Russian based Yota Devices unveiled its YotaPhone, a dual-screen Android phone with a normal touch screen on one side and an e-ink display on the other. Now the company has announced that it has signed a deal with Singapore Hi-P to manufacture the phone. Hi-P is a fast growing Tier 1 contract manufacturer that specializes in wireless telecommunications and consumer electronics.
Along with the new production deal, Yota Devices also announced that it is establishing an R&D and Asian sales office in Singapore. This makes sense since that is where the phone will be made and it will make it easier for the company to iron out any production issues. With the production deal signed and a new office in Asian, it is expected that the phone will be ready for sale first, in Russia and then globally, in the second half of 2013.
What do you think? Would you buy a smartphone with an e-ink display on the back?
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Eagerly waiting for that phone to hit the market
This is pretty brilliant thinking. The genius of the phone aside, Imagine a whole line: phone, 7 inch and 10.1 inch tablets. If implemented properly this could really chomp into a huge array of markets. No longer would people need to decide between e-reader or LCD tablet. Goodbye Kindle! The gestures seem a bit fiddly, but again, implemented properly, this is a potential goldmine. Just as a side idea, imagine how great that’d be for notes? You write the note on the LCD screen, and then put it to the back of your 10.1 inch tablet, then turn of the screen and leave it on a table with the back up, and bam! Message board!
I’ve talked to friends about wanting a double sided phone like this. Though, after my 4.8″ Galaxy S3, I think I’d have a hard time going back to something with a smaller screen.