Former Soviet defense agency to debut new dual screen smartphone
Yota Devices, based in Moscow, is determined to change that perception. Since May, and with a budget of about $25 million, a group of engineers have been setting the stage to do just that and it looks like we will finally see the fruits of that labor at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next February. This is the same Yota that boasted to do the same thing a couple years ago and the head of the Russian defense conglomerate, Rostekhnologii, presented then Russian President Dimitry Medvedev with a mock-up of the device. Rostekhnologii is part owner of Yota’s parent company.
The device from Yota does not have a name yet, we will see it at the Mobile World Congress in February.
In a segment where branding is as important as specifications, what could Yota possibly do to differentiate itself from the masses in the Android ecosystem? Well, let us start with the basics, on board will be Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a Qualcomm 8960 processor of unspecified configuration, a 12MP camera, a 4.3-inch main LCD screen, and a 4.3-inch black and white e-paper back screen using a first-of-its-kind rounded glass panel from Corning.
What is also interesting is that the screens will only be “partially” touch sensitive. That will stem from a new idea over the user experience which we look forward to learning more about. On the e-paper display, you will be able to set certain notifications which can still display the last image even after the phone runs out of power.
Yota, in addition to selling WiMAX modems, is also a network operator in Russia and the carrier has been busy rolling out 4G LTE which also serves customers of Russia’s largest carriers, like MTS. However, with a new device like this, and a planned new user experience, Yota will need to heavily market this new design and its features.
Dual-screen phones are not new, but they have had limited success. Obviously, one of the primary concerns for a device like this will be battery performance feeding two large screens. However, e-paper displays are known to be very power efficient. In addition, E Ink Corporation worked with Yota to develop the e-reader and integrate the functionality with the rest of the phone.
We are looking forward to seeing this device on display at the Mobile World Congress in February.
source: The Wall Street Journal
9. MeoCao (unregistered)
Russia now is quasi dictatorship of Putin and they need the 2nd screen to use as a phone, the 1st screen will show portrait of Putin and his "achievements" obviously.
But seriously Russia is plagued with corruption and Rostekhnologii must show they're doing something to spend that $25 M I guess. You can go to China and buy a prototype for some dozens bucks.
2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
"...you will be able to set certain
notifications which can still display the last image even after the phone runs out of power."
I like this idea.
Looking forward to the Russian build phone-craft!
3. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1354; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
all those other smartphones out deeeereeee ,are gooooinggg to haaave a very baaaaad daaaaaay
4. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
wounder what kind of spyware their gonna have this phone loaded with....
10. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1354; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
usually ICBM launch codes and stuff
5. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
In Soviet Russia, smartphones slide to unlock you!
6. tigermcm (Posts: 729; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
hmmmm smasung or was it sanyo did this concept on Sprint and the battery was HORRIBLE so I'm curious to see how this will be
7. palmguy (Posts: 285; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)
Similar to the Samsung Upstage on Sprint. Loved that lil dual screened phone. 1st phone in 05 I think to have a lithium polimer battery. And I liked the battery wallet concept. Allowed the phone to stay charged for days.
8. tango_charlie (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
Russia should team up with China to build their own mobile operating system to be independent from Google and especially from the US.