Russian phone company Yota plans to unveil its next dual-screen smartphone on December 3rd. Like last year’s Yotaphone, the new Yotaphone 2 appears to have a color screen on one side and an ePaper display on the other.

But earlier this year we learned that the new model would be a little different.

yotaphone 2

Detailed specs for the Yotaphone 2 aren’t yet available, but the picture Yota is sharing ahead of the official launch sure looks a lot like the prototype the company was showing off earlier this year.

That prototype had a 5 inch, full HD AMOLED display on one side of the pone and a 4.7 inch, 960 x 540 pixel E Ink screen on the reverse side. Both displays featured touchscreens, while the first-gen Yota only had a touch panel for the color screen.

The prototype had 2GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0. It’s possible some of those features may be different now: Yota started showing its prototype in February so there’s been plenty of time to make changes.

Since ePaper displays tend to use a lot less power than color screens, a device like the Yotaphone 2 could offer long battery life if you keep the color display off while reading eBooks or other text-heavy content.

The ePaper screen on the first-gen Yotaphone could only be used in a few ways. You could view email messages or other notifications or set a custom wallpaper to decorate the back of your phone. Since the new Yotaphone 2 is expected to have dual touchscreens, it’s possible you may be able to do more with the low-power, black and white screen.

Yota is based in Russia and tends to sell its devices in Europe and the Middle East. It’s not clear if or when the Yotaphone 2 will be available in the United States.

via Android Central

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4 replies on “YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone coming in December”

  1. I’ll be waiting to see how the e-ink side performs. Perfect mirroring of functions between the two displays? Sold!

  2. I would buy this for sure, sad that LG and Samsung are making pointless curved phones, when they could be making actual useful features like Yota.

  3. It’s an interesting concept.
    I’m glad to see they are taking it further

    1. I completely agree. I absolutely hate it when companies stumble onto an interesting concept for new form factor but fail to take it beyond the first iteration. The first one almost always fails because it makes too many compromises or the tech isn’t there yet. People are slow to mass adopt and it takes years of relentless innovation until it takes off. Just look at the iPod, for instance, which got off to a slow but gradual start before setting the atomic reaction that carried over to iAnything today (for better or worse).

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