Nearly a year after it was first unveiled to the world, the YotaPhone is finally making its way to Russia, Germany, France, Austria and Spain, with plans to expand to the UK, Greece and several other European countries in January. No word yet on if or when the handset will make its way to the United States.
The YotaPhone seems to be one of those ideas that you either love or hate. Sure it’s sort of a gimmick, but there are situations where it could come in handy for certain kinds of users
For those that have never heard of it, the YotaPhone is a unique Android-powered handset that features a 4.3-inch 720p LCD display on the front and a 4.3-inch 640×360 e-ink display on the back. The idea is that the LCD display is the main screen but anything on the LCD screen can easily be ‘pushed’ to the back of the device. This includes things like shopping lists, static maps, e-books and more.
The YotaPhone seems to be one of those ideas that you either love or hate. Sure it’s sort of a gimmick, but there are situations where it could come in handy for certain kinds of users — like those that do a lot of reading.
On the downside, the YotaPhone is a bit on the pricey side, at least considering its specs. The handset will be priced at 19,980 rubles in Russia and €499 in Europe, which comes to about $600 – $675. While this isn’t a bad price for a typical flagship device, the YotaPhone’s specs aren’t exactly high-end with its dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU and 2GB of RAM. Other specs include 32GB storage and an 1800mAh battery.
If you like the idea of a dual-screen e-ink/LCD device but aren’t so keen on the YotaPhone’s specs, the good news is that the next-gen YotaPhone might not be too far off. According to Yota Devices chief Vlad Martynov, the second-gen model will arrive sometime in late 2014. Martynov even hinted they were already throwing around ideas for a third model as well.
In the meantime, you can buy or learn more about the current-gen YotaPhone by visiting their website.