Yotaphone, Russia’s first smartphone, now on sale



A few weeks to go before Christmas and Yota Devices, a Russian-based startup, is delivering its device to retail on time. The Yotaphone is the first smartphone from Russia and is equipped with two screens: a LCD color display on the front and an electronic paper screen on the rear.

The company explains that customers will be using Yotaphone’s e-paper display more, as it can show alerts, emails, and tweets among others, while the more power-consuming LCD screen is asleep. The EPD also shows the most recent information even if the phone is completely drained of battery life, enabling users to save important details like a map route or boarding pass.


This gadget runs on Android 4.2.2 and comes with a dual-core 1.7GHz Krait processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal memory, a 13-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, a 1-megapixel front-facing shooter, a lowly 1800mAh battery, and a capacitive multi-touch zone right below the EPD for gesture controls. It supports WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS connectivity options.

The Yotaphone is now available in Russia for $600 and selected countries in Europe for $675. Both prices cost much lower compared to iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Source: Yota Devices

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