Russian manufacturer Yota Devices has launched the world’s first smartphone with a touchscreen in front and an e-reader on the back. While the e-reader screen is made using E-Ink display that does not harm the eyes and is touch-enabled, the other screen uses a standard LCD panel YotaPhone’s LCD touchscreen measures 4.3-inch and has 1280x720p resolution. The E-Ink panel also measures 4.3-inch but has display resolution of 640x360p.
The E-Ink display of YotaPhone also enables users to see notifications like messages, calls, reminders, appointments, weather etc even when the smartphone display is not turned on.
Key specifications of YotaPhone are dual-core 1.7GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It is powered by Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) software and runs on a 1,800mAh battery.
The 13MP rear camera and LED flash in YotaPhone are placed below the E-Ink display on the back; a 1MP camera is used in front.
The manufacturer pre-installs its proprietary gestures and Put2Back apps in YotaPhone. Connectivity options in the device include 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
The manufacturer has launched YotaPhone at 19,000 roubles or 499 euros in the Russian, European and Middle East markets. The company has not announced when the device will be launched in the US and major Asian markets.