It’s been a long time coming, but Russian firm Yota has finally launched its first ever dual-screen smartphone.
The device will be available in select markets, including Russia, Austria, France, Spain and Germany, by the end of March 2014. Yota is yet to reveal whether this novelty phone will be hitting UK shelves, however.
The YotaPhone is the first smartphone to feature two screens, one like your traditional phone screen, and the other an e-reader.
The e-ink screen displays any incoming messages, calls and notifications, eliminating the need to wake up your smartphone to check for alerts. As a result, this “always on” screen is less of a drain on the device’s battery.
Yota Devices’s CEO Vlad Martynov stated: “The typical user picks up and activates their smartphone more than 150 times a day. Why? Because users worry that messages or information they need or want are hidden behind their phone’s black screen. This is a huge distraction and can impede meaningful interaction with our friends, families and colleagues.”
What’s more, the YotaPhone’s e-ink screen stays on even if the device loses power. That means that you can display important documents such as boarding passes and maps without the fear that your phone’s battery will die.
The YotaPhone will be available in select markets for €499 starting in December.
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel