A few days after plans to launch a YotaPhone 3 were announced, the folks at Engadget have published some of the previously undisclosed specs.

We already knew the YotaPhone 3 (also known as the Yota3, apparently) would feature a color display on one side and an E Ink screen on the other, much like the company’s earlier phones. And a 64GB model is expected to sell for about $350 when it launches in China this fall, while a 128GB model will cost about $450. It’ll take a bit longer for the phones to make their way to Russia or any other countries.

But now we know that the phones mostly have mid-range hardware to match those mid-range prices.

Engadget reports that the Yota3, will have a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel AMOLED display on the front and a 5.2 inch, 720p E Ink display on the back, making the phone a bit larger than the YotaPhone 2 which featured 5 inch and 4.7 inch screens, respectively.

Other features are said to include:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 3,200 mAh batter
  • USB Type-C port (and no separate headphone jack)
  • Dual SIM support (or one SIM and a microSD card slot)
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 12MP rear camera and 13MP front camera

Yota Devices was one of the first companies to launch a dual-screen smartphone with a full color screen on one side and an E Ink display on the other. The idea has been copied by some Chinese manufacturers, but it’s still pretty rare to find a phone with this feature.

But Yota’s phones haven’t been huge commercial success stories. The company scrapped plans for a US launch of the YotaPhone 2, and Engadget notes that the company has undergone a bit of a transformation in recent years due to outside investment from several different entities, and the Yota3 was actually unveiled by a group called Baoli Yota rather than Yota Devices.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the strategy of launching a mid-range phone with a Snapdragon 625 chip rather than a premium model with a Snapdragon 835 processor helps make the phone more attractive to potential customers than its predecessors… or less  appealing to folks who want their phones with unusual features to be high-quality phones, first and foremost (as ZTE learned when it tried to put entry-level specs on its gimmicky crowdsourced smartphone).

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15 replies on “YotaPhone 3 specs leaked: Standard mid-range hardware… plus a secondary E Ink display”

  1. @liliputing
    off topic about ads
    I have disabled adblock in your site, but looking at an ad from Google in the middle of the screen, even covering part of the article titles…. not good.

    You may delete this post after reading it. it’s just informational.

    1. Can you send me a msg through our contact page? I’d like to see a screenshot. There’s​ and ad below the headline, but it shouldn’t be obstructing the article title.

      1. The problem was with the ad and it’s proportions. It wasn’t very wide, but it was very tall, like 1:3 (wide:height) or 1:4. It was the first time it happened and it gave me the impression that maybe there where more ads on the main page. Probably a bug that let an ad with wrong proportions to go in that spot? (between the 2nd and the next two articles)

        By the way. is it normal that light gray box between the first and the second article? I even opened IE to check it, just to be sure that ublock doesn’t mess around with the page even when disabled(and IE crashed when inspecting the element). Mobile Firefox also shows it, while the default browser for Android 5.0 doesn’t like the certificate(different name), but that’s not a problem be cause I am not using it anyway.

        1. Oh, so you’re talking about the homepage and not the article pages. That’s interesting… but the fact that you’re seeing a gray box suggests to me that you still have some sort of content blocker in place, which might explain why you were having a problem with an ad overlaying an article headline.

          Here’s what the home page should look like:

          * 1 headline and article excerpt
          * 1 “sponsored content” box (which you’re seeing as a gray box). This unit should disappear when there’s no sponsored content to show.
          * 1 more headline + article excerpts
          * 1 Google AdSense unit
          * 10 headlines + article excerpts

          1. Yes i was talking about the main page.
            As for the gray box.

            Windows 7
            Chrome (64bit latest) with ublock disabled for liliputing shows a grey box.
            Firefox (32bit latest) with ublock disabled in the addons page, shows it.
            The old IE 11 with NO addons shows it.
            Android 5.0
            Mobile firefox with no addons shows it.
            Opera mini with ad blocking off and compression off shows it.

            Windows 10 64bit
            Microsoft Edge 38.something… gray box

            What I see.
            – black ribbon with liliputing name and menu
            under that
            – An ad of various sizes on top. Page content can move higher or lower after a page refresh if the new ad has different height.
            -The first article.
            – Always a gray box.
            – the second article.
            – An ad(that’s the one that gone wrong and send me here posting)
            – The next articles(in pairs).

            If there should be no ad between the black ribbon and the first article, maybe you have done some mistake in the first page where the first ad doesn’t go in the place where i see that gray box, after the first article, but before it? Just guessing, I am not in web development.

          2. This is with IE 11. other browsers are no different. I am using this browser as an example because i have never installed any ad blocking addon on it – if there was even any.


          3. Thanks! I didn’t mention the ad above the headline, since it seemed like we were only talking about the ada in the content column on the homepage. Everything does look right except for that gray box. I was pretty sure it should just collapse if there is no ad/sponsored story to show you.. but I’ve reached out to my ad provider to see if there’s something we can do to fix that.

            Still not sure why you saw an ad that was obscuring a headline though. That certainly should never happen. If you see it again, can you take another screenshot?

          4. Fortunately that (the ad covering part of the article titles) happened only once. If it happens again I will take a screenshot and inform you.

          5. So upon further investigation, it looks like the gray box may be a feature and not a bug. When we started showing a “sponsored story” in that spot, it would load asynchronously. That means the web page would load first… and then if there was an ad to display, it would show up… and push the rest of the content further down the page.

            The problem with this is that if you tried to click on the headline for the second article before the page had fully loaded, you might accidentally end up tapping on the sponsored story instead if it suddenly appears unexpectedly.

            So the ad provider gave me code to make sure the ad unit doesn’t collapse when there’s no ad to serve. It just shows a gray box instead.

            For visitors in the US this isn’t much of a problem since there’s almost always an ad in that spot. But for international visitors, I suspect the gray box shows up a lot more often.

            I’ll look into it a bit further and if it looks like that unit isn’t generating much revenue from international visitors, maybe I’ll try to geo-target it so that it’s only displayed to US readers.

            Thanks again for helping me troubleshoot!

  2. The sd625 is a great processor for everything but serious gaming or VR.

    1. And an amazing! combo with eink. Wish they’d been a little more generous with battery capacity, but even as is, I’d love to see what this thing could do if you main the eink screen. Imagine a weekend trip where you might not be interested in active multimedia, just the basics. I bet this could do 3 days.

      1. Yeah, 4000mAh would’ve made it more attractive.
        Does anyone know if the eInk display is also Touchscreen?

        1. Yep, the eink display is a touchscreen on the Yotaphone 2 so i’m pretty sure it it’s also a touchscreen on the 3. It’s a fully funcitonal screen that can be used as a ‘normal’ screen. It just refreshes more slowly and you don’t have any pretty colors. 🙂

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