Russian phone maker Yota Devices today announced a dual-screen, Android-based phone that is expected to hit worldwide shelves in the second half of 2013.
The Smartphone totes a full-colour LCD screen on one side and an electronic paper display (EPD) on the other.
“This will be the first time that people will be able to personalize the information they want to receive on their phones in an effortless way,” Yota Devices CEO Vlad Martynov said in a statement. “You tell YotaPhone what information you want and when you want it. It becomes your personal assistant reminding you of what’s important to you.”
Yota has added that second E-Ink screen while keeping the YotaPhone as thin as the most svelte smart phones on the market today. At its bottom end, it’s 0.4 inches thick, tapering out to 0.3 inches thick at the top. That places it in the same league as the unusually thin iPhone 5, which is 0.3 inches thick from top to bottom. Specs include a 4.3-inch, 720p LCD display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, a 13-megapixel camera, a 720p front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM and a minimum 32 GB of storage. It weighs 0.31.
The E-Ink screen uses Corning Gorilla Glass for a unique curved design, which the company says encourages users to set the phone down with its glance-friendly screen always visible. The phone will be running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), and like that popSLATE case with an E-Ink back we showed you a couple of weeks ago, it will be necessary to create software to display that data on its second screen.