We’ve heard plenty about the YotaPhone since the handset was unveiled late last year. While it’s not the first Android smartphone to gamble on the functionality of dual displays, the YotaPhone is the first to run with that idea, changing up the game by opting for a battery friendly LCD/E Ink combo. We were given a quick demo of the YotaPhone here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and, while we didn’t go into our meeting expecting to be “wow’d,” what we left with was more of, “Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?”
The YotaPhone features a 4.3-inch 720p display, newly updated quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 12MP camera, and all this running on stock Android Jelly Bean. There are a few YotaPhone specific apps of course, and the guys at YotaPhone mentioned they’ll be releasing an API soon for developers to begin integrating the YotaPhone’s second display functionality into their apps.
Launching towards the tail end of Q2 this year, the YotaPhone will first hit Russia and if talks with carriers go over well enough, we might expect it to hit the states at some point in the future. We’ll let you know when/if we hear more but in the meantime, let me know how you guys are taking to the idea of a dual-screen Android with an E Ink display.