04
Dec
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The YotaPhone was one of the only genuinely exciting mobile products to come out of CES 2013 nearly a year ago. If you've been itching to get your hands on this interesting combo device, you can lay down your money right now... so long as you're laying down Rubles. YotaPhone just started online sales of its LCD/E-Paper combo phone in Russia. Our Russian readers can pick one up for 19,990 Rubles (about $600 USD).

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The company will be expanding its distribution quickly. The online YotaPhone store will be shipping to Austria, Germany, France, and Spain starting in mid-December, with expansion to the United Kingdom, Greece, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Egypt in January. At least some retail locations in these countries will carry the YotaPhone, and international distributors Ingram Micro, Brodos, and Jumbo Electronics may decide to spread the device even further.

If you've forgotten about the YotaPhone, well, we could hardly blame you. The Android phone uses a conventional LCD screen on one side and a Kindle-style e-paper display on the other, specifically for operating the phone in a low-power, easy-to-read fashion. The full Android interface is available on both sides, and custom software takes advantage of the unique hardware. When David Ruddock got some hands-on time with the YotaPhone at CES he came away very impressed. If you're looking for some more timely info, check out CNET's in-depth Q&A with YotaPhone CEO Vlad Martynov.

The final version of the YotaPhone uses a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor, a 4.3-inch 720p LCD screen and 4.3-inch 360x640 e-paper screen, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 1800mAh battery, and a 13MP rear camera - not bad for six hundred bucks and completely unique hardware. The phone is running a highly customized version of Android 4.2.2.

Source: YotaPhone via Facebook

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • troph

    Now THIS would be perfect for tablets. So much better for reading!

    • Steph Chi

      You've got the point ! For a phone, I don't know but for a tablet, a must have !
      Hey Asus, come on, give it a try ...

  • HellG

    While pretty cool even though its mainly a gimmick this caught my eyes :
    -Dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor
    -A 4.3-inch 720p LCD on a 1800mAh battery
    -Price of a note 3
    Uhm, No i don't think so

    • hairyback

      I don't think it's a gimmick- this is fantastic for anyone who works outside.

    • Christopher Lee

      720p is more than good enough for many people, and both the lower powered screen and processor are good for keeping power consumption low. As they point out, you are essentially buying two devices in one, with the advantage of shared storage and capabilities.

      • HellG

        I was making the point that the 720p screen is too much for that battery actually not the other way around, Remember the HTC One X? :)

    • Sergii Pylypenko

      Note 3 costs $750 in Russia, that's $150 more than this phone. So it really depends, and that second screen is no more a gimmick than a stylus.

  • GreatNews

    WTH are they showing the old Maps UI?????

    • andy_o

      Depending on who you ask, that's likely to be a plus.

      • Steph Chi

        I can't say better ! No upgrade of the app since ... few months ;-)

  • Hubert Song

    Those specs aren't very good for the price if you don't include the fact that it has another screen. Since it does, it may be worth the price.

  • Frekko

    It is quite useful. But i just wish if it was a full touch e-ink display. I love this idea. it can be even more useful if this idea is used on larger display device.
    And it will be really cool to change the "wallpaper" of backside or put some really good slogan or something

  • Matthew Fry

    Not available in the US. Why is it that Russia always gets it first?*

    *see what I did there?

    • Steph Chi

      Great trap ! ;-)
      Steph aka the frenchy

  • Jadephyre

    600 bucks for a dual-core, dual-screen phone... that's a bit steep o_O

  • black

    Russia's feeble attempt at tracking the world.

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