The Yota smartphone, which comes with a secondary e-ink display, is all set to arrive at markets in December, just in time to make the most of the coming holiday shopping frenzy. The device breaks new ground in that, apart from a regular 720p color LCD display at the front, the Yota smartphone also includes an e-ink panel along the rear which can be used to read or hold images for an extended period of time without draining the battery. E-Ink displays have been known for their lesser drain on battery power, which has been put to ingenious use by the Russia-based Yota.
As for specs, the Yota dual screen device comes with a 4.3 inch 720p display, 12 megapixel camera, 2,100mAh battery, and features 4G LTE support. The device is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 Plus chip and is based on Android 4.1 at the time of its unveiling almost a year ago. What this implies is that we can expect the final product to see several of its specs updated when it is finally launched in December.
However, the all crucial pricing details remain quiet, though unconfirmed sources maintain it could be priced around 20,000 rubles. This translates roughly to about 600USD which, if true, will no doubt be applicable for the unlocked version of the device. Of course the price will come down once the carrier subsidies comes into the picture. The device, no matter how innovative it is, has to be priced right for it to be translated into a commercially successful entity.