YotaPhone, which touted as the world’s first dual-screen smartphone, has received a price cut of Rs. 5,500 in India and is now available through Flipkart for Rs. 17,999.
Alongside the new price, Flipkart is also giving away its pre-selected eBooks worth Rs. 2,199 for free and is offering EMI schemes to buy the YotaPhone smartphone for an low monthly installment as Rs. 873.
Dubai-based Jumbo Electronics announced its partnership with Flipkart in October to launch the YotaPhone in India with a price tag of Rs. 23,499. The smartphone was originally unveiled in December 2012 and was showcased at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last year.
The YotaPhone features “always-on” 4.3-inch e-paper display on the rear side with 640 x 360 pixels resolution while its front side features a 4.3-inch HD LCD display. The e-paper display preserves the smartphone battery life up to 10 times than other smartphones of the same segment and provides users a display for reading text like eBooks and emails without harming their eyesight.
In addition, the secondary display panel provides real-time notifications about new messages, calls and emails.
The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset which comes equipped with a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB flash storage. There is a 13-megapixel camera sensor on the rear side along with an LED flash while a 1-megapixel camera sensor is available on the front.
The manufacturer has provided Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system on the YotaPhone with a proprietary interface for dual-screen display operations but there is no details about any future update. There is Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and a microUSB port.
The smartphone packs with an 1,800mAh battery and has a special chassis that houses six antennas on its outer rim.
Even considering the new price, success rate of the dual-screen YotaPhone is quite difficult to be speculated as there are several smartphones available in the Indian market today with superior specifications and latest Android operating system to take on this dual-screen smartphone.
Moreover, YotaPhone 2 is also set to hit the global markets in the coming future with a better dual-screen technology and a bit higher specifications than the original YotaPhone.