YotaPhone dual-screen smartphone to be available in India tomorrow with price tag of Rs. 23,499
YotaPhone, the world’s first dual-screen smartphone that debut at CES 2013, is finally making way to India. UAE-based Jumbo Electronics has partnered with Flipkart to launch the dual-screen smartphone in the country with a price tag of Rs. 23,499.
Originally manufactured by Russian company Yota Devices, YotaPhone will be available in the country exclusively through Flipkart starting October 17.
The YotaPhone is first in its kind device that features dual displays. While a 4.3-inch LCD panel is available on the front, there is a 4.3-inch E-ink display on the rear. The front display panel sports 1280 x 720 pixels (HD) resolution but the rear E-Ink display panel has 640 x 360 pixels resolution. The company has used an electronic paper display (EPD) technology for providing content on the ‘AlwaysOn’ secondary display panel of the smartphone.
On explaining the uniqueness of the YotaPhone, Abdul Karim Sawan, Vice President for Yota Devices – Middle East and India, said:
“YotaPhone features an electronic paper display that would work as a second screen, making it possible to deliver an array of new and improved user experiences. It combines a smartphone and e-reader into one device for those who enjoy reading on-the-go even in the brightest sunlight. You can save images and information on the second screen, and it stays there, even if you lose battery power. You can save anything on the always-on display from a map to a boarding pass. Information, like a missed call or meeting reminder, stays on the always-on screen until it is no longer needed.”
The smartphone on the hardware front has a list of specifications which is making it closer to some of the popular mid-range smartphones in the current market. In this regard, the smartphone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13-megapixel rear camera along with an LED flash and a 1-megapixel front camera. There is an 1,800mAh battery which is claimed to deliver about seven times better battery life than other smartphones.
Commenting on the partnership with Jumbo Electronics to launch the YotaPhone, Michael Adnani, VP – Retail & Head – Brand Alliances, Flipkart, said:
“Flipkart has established itself as a go-to destination for leading global and domestic brands who want to engage with a wide range of customers in India. Yet again, we bring an exclusive partnership with an innovative and one of its kind smartphone for the Indian audience. This is in continuation of our commitment to bring world-class products to our customers backed by our superior service.”
The YotaPhone runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system and there is a patented software on the top which allows the smartphone to share and use both the available displays simultaneously. The company has also pre-installed some of the apps that use the dual displays of the smartphone.
While the YotaPhone is coming to India tomorrow, the company already introduced its successor at the MWC 2014 in February which it called YotaPhone 2. The new smartphone has a large, 5-inch 1080p primary display on the front, 4.7-inch qHD E-Ink secondary display on the rear and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
There is no word on the launch of YotaPhone 2 in India but the arrival of the first-generation YotaPhone is itself suggesting the launch of its successor as well.
YotaPhone key specifications:
- 4.3-inch HD LCD primary panel, 4.3-inch E-Ink secondary panel
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
- 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
- 1GB of RAM, 32GB storage
- 13MP rear camera, 1MP front camera
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, MicroUSB port
- 1800mAh battery