SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia – Yota Devices has began selling its e-Ink-based YotaPhone in its home country – the handset’s rear screen is one of the first in the market, and can display the same image even after the battery has emptied.
Some glimpses of the device with LCD screen and E-Ink display had earlier been seen at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona earlier this year.
The phone has special YotaPhone gestures and Put2Back applications for its back screen. It comes with a dual screen display both on the front and the back side measuring 4.3 inches. The front display has a 1280×720 pixel resolution and is an LCD with a multi-touch function, whereas the rear side has an EPD (Electronic Paper Display) with 16 grayscales and a capacitive touch zone below it for gesture controls. The device runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and comes with a 1.7GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
At its rear side, the device sports a 13MP camera with autofocus, offers a 1080p full HD video recording and a secondary camera of 1MP at the front side. It has 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. YotaPhone carries a 1800mAh battery, but the rear screen can display an image even without battery power.
By Geoffrey Michna, International Correspondent - Prague office on Jan 9th, 2014 GMT +2