In a TV interview with the government official in charge with technology Sergei Chemezov, they talk about the need for investments in Russian-made technology, and some other political blabber. Fast forward a minute, and Mr Medvedev is holding a dual-screen smartphone prototype that the other politico is handing him.
This, he says, is made entirely by our wireless carrier Yota, and will appear on its WiMAX network next year. The gadget has unorthodox arched design, and screens both on the front, and the back. Source says the back looks like e-ink, but that is entirely speculative, since instead of a prototype, this might as well be just a mock-up dummy phone. One can certainly hope, though. How will they achieve the curved screens, unless they went with Samsung's flexible displays, is a different story for another time. The plastic casing looks pretty ugly and, besides that, why would you come to the president with a non-working prototype?
Make of all that what you will, but after one Russian carrier made HTC to develop its first WiMAX phone based on the HD2 in 2008, nothing coming from there sounds surprising, even outrageous claims.