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Sunday December 4th 2016
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YotaPhone – The First Russian Smart phone with E-ink Technology

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Yotaphone is the first smart phone from Russia. The speciality of this phone is that it has 2 displays – one with normal LCD and other with E-ink technology used in Kindle

This is effectively two devices rolled into one: an LTE Android phone with a 4.3-inch LCD display on one side, plus an e-reader on the other side, offering always-on notifications from the OS and the luxury of over 60 hours of e-book reading time thanks to good old E Ink technology.

Fortunately for us, and for any other phone lover on this planet who appreciates fresh ideas, such fears were unfounded. The Russian engineers at Yota Devices have overcome the many technical challenges that stood in their way, and the fruit of their efforts will go on sale in Europe later today via a dedicated online store, priced at a not-so-wacky 499 euros ($675). Admittedly, that may seem like a lot to ask if you focus solely on the specs — like the 720p resolution of the LCD or the mid-range Snapdragon S4 Pro processor — but it starts to make sense when you take a look at just how unique this thing is. And now that we’re holding the final hardware in our hands, we’re able to do just that.

The first thing you notice when you pick up the YotaPhone is that it’s more chunky than you might expect given the relatively modest 4.3-inch screen size — but not to the point of being inconvenient of uncomfortable. The extra display certainly contributes to the phone’s 146 gram weight, wide bezels and 9.9mm thickness, but this is partly off-set by the unusual curvature of the E Ink display, which allows the device to taper inwards slightly at the top and succeeds in reducing the phone’s blocky feel.

 

 

There are no removable covers here. The soft-feel matte plastic casing permits no entry except through the SIM tray on the top right-side corner (right-side if you’re looking the LCD display, that is) — and this tray also cleverly doubles up as the power button. Then there’s the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top left and the microUSB port on the bottom. The seams around each Gorilla Glass-protected display are much, much improved compared to the prototype we saw last year, and overall the device feels sturdy.

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