Over the past few months, the Yotaphone, boasting not one but two screens, has filled the news with its unusual take on how phones of the future should look like.
But now with the Yotaphone being displayed at MWC in Barcelona this week, we no longer have to wait for the future to see what a dual screen smartphone looks like. The device has an LCD display, perfect for looking through photos or watching videos and movies, in addition to an paper display, much like an E-reader, designed for looking at texts for longer periods of time.
However, our excitement at getting our hands on the Yotaphone soon dissipated when we realised that the Russian company had shadily contained all of its handsets in transparent acrylic bubbles, where we were unable to demo the phone's amazing features.
|More effort seemed to be spent on Yota's stand than on demoing the Yotaphone|
That said, the features that the Yotaphone boasts (we are told) include a 12 MP rear-facing camera, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, as well as the latest Jelly Bean version of Android. If the manufacturer is being this cagey about letting us touch the device, it is unknown exactly when the Yotaphone will hit our markets.
Russian broadband service provider, Yota, have announced this week that they will launch their very own Android phone with two screens and 4G capability.
The new YotaPhone will sport dual-screen technology, featuring a full-colour LCD screen on one side of the handset and an electronic paper display on the other. The reasoning behind the model's two screens, the company’s CEO has announced, is to provide the user with a phone that can fulfil each and every function required on a daily basis with greater ease and speed than any existing smartphone on the market.
The LCD display is intended for watching films, playing games and viewing images, whereas the electronic paper display (EPD) is similar to that of a Kindle, and will be used for reading documents and books that require a longer reading time. This way, you can successfully use your mobile phone in place of any laptop, tablet or E-reader device without concern over your handset running out of battery. In fact, important documents such as tickets, passes and maps will continue to be displayed on the EPD even if the Yotaphone does run out of battery. Incredible!
The spec of the Russian model will not fail to disappoint either. The phone is set to feature a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon Dual core processor, the latest Jelly Bean Android OS, a 12 MP camera and a 64 GB memory.
The new and exciting Yotaphone is said to be launched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February next year, and should be available to buy in late 2013.