6 modern phones that feature two screens

6 modern phones that feature two screens
Most handsets today have only one display, and that's understandable: the golden age of flip phones is over, and manufacturers are less inclined to experiment with weird form factors. Even so, there are still various notable phones out there that do feature two screens, and we're now going to present 6 such modern devices. By modern we mean that the handsets that you'll see below have been announced or released recently - no earlier than 2014 - and not necessarily that they offer modern features (some of them certainly don't).

Only three of the handsets that we're presenting here are smartphones. The other three are features phones - yes, feature phones are still around, and we assume they won't be going anywhere in the near future, even though global smartphone sales surpassed feature phone sales for the first time in 2013. Without further ado, check out all the dual-screen devices below, in alphabetical order:

Kyocera DuraXA / DuraXV Plus

Made for users who need a simple and tough phone, the Kyocera DuraXV Plus / DuraXA was released this year as a 3G-less clamshell that offers a 2.4-inch, 240 x 320 pixels internal display, and a 1.08-inch, 90 x 102 pixels "high contrast" black & white external screen. Besides being dust- and water-resistant (IP68-certified), this Kyocera handset is shock and vibration resistant. Other features include a 5 MP camera with LED flash, 256 MB of RAM, and 512 MB of expandable internal memory. The DuraXV Plus model (available at Verizon Wireless for $192 off contract) comes with a Push to Talk button for "instant walkie-talkie style communication."



A couple of months ago, LG surprised the world by announcing the V10, a large smartphone that sports a main 5.7-inch Quad HD screen, plus a secondary 2.1-inch screen with 1040 x 160 pixels. The secondary, smaller screen functions independently from the main one, being able to display notifications, date and time, or quick shortcuts. The LG V10 runs Android Lollipop (upgradeable to Marshmallow), featuring a six-core Snapdragon 808 processor, a dual 5 MP front-facing camera, 16 MP rear camera, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 3000 mAh battery. Interestingly, the LG V10 is also shock and vibration resistant (though it's not water resistant). The LG V10 can currently be bought in the US from Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile for under $600 off contract.


Samsung Galaxy Golden 3 / W2016

Initially known as the Galaxy Golden 3, the Samsung W2016 is the most advanced clamshell ever. Released last month in China, the W2016 sports two 3.9-inch touchscreen displays with 768 x 1280 pixels (internal and external), and runs Android Lollipop. The handset is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor (the same that's found inside devices like the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy Note 5), further offering 3 GB of RAM, a 16 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, and 64 GB of internal memory. The Samsung W2016 will likely not be launched outside of China.



Here we have another Samsung device, the Rugby 4. This one is a clamshell feature phone with modest specs, but with a rugged, water-resistant construction. The Samsung Rugby 4 offers a 1.3-inch external display with 128 x 128 pixels, and a 2.4-inch internal display with 240 x 320 pixels. It's also got Push To Talk capabilities, a 3 MP camera, and microSD card support. The phone is available in the US via AT&T, costing $99.99 on contract, or $269.99 off contract.



Made by watchmaker TAG Heuer (which recently released its very first smartwatch), the Meridiist Infinite is a luxury feature phone with 2.4-inch, 240 x 320 pixels main screen, and a secondary display - for notifications - on the top of the device. Thanks to built-in photovoltaic cells, the TAG Heuer Meridiist Infinite can transform sunlight (and even artificial light) into electricity, thus being able to keep its battery charged "forever." Although it was announced last year, the Meridiist Infinite has yet to be released. When (and if) it's going to be available, it will likely cost several thousands of dollars, since that's roughly the price of previously released Meridiist handsets.


The YotaPhone 2 is an Android-based handset with a main 5-inch 1080p touchscreen display, and a 4.7-inch, 540 x 960 pixels always-on e-ink screen (also touch sensitive) that sits on the back of the device. The idea behind the e-ink display is that, if you're using it exclusively (without turning the main screen on), you can get up to 3 days of usage time from the phone. While it was launched in several markets (including Russia), the YotaPhone 2 didn't make it to the US, despite Yota having serious plans in this regard. Anyway, a YotaPhone 3 is in the making, and this one might be sold in North America when it launches sometime next year.


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20 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You know maybe lg can surprise the world by making a good phone for once.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The Lg G2 And Optimus G Pro Were Really Good Phones. But I Agree They Haven't Made A Stand Out Phone Like The Other Big Android Companies That Aren't Out Of China.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

G2 was good. Everything else is meh to awful.

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Optimus G Pro Was Arguably Better Than The S4 Just Sayin. I Owned And S4 You Know Where I Stand But Still.

6. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

It can if the next phone carries all V10 ergonomics and features but improves on Soc with its Nuclun or SD 820, adds stylus, 4k amoled screen, and iris scanner.. It can be the best mobile device in history...

15. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

V10 is a very nice phone but its huge... I hope LG will make G5 with same material, SS+Rubber+Removable back+SD Card and same size of G4 or smaller... I dont think much benefit of ticker display, it just increased the size

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I hope so, that way we don't have to listen to QWERTYphone's constant spamming of "NO MICRO SD CARD AND NO REMOVABLE BATTERY = FAIL"

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

aside from processor and OS, LG G4 is pretty good flagship.. Gflex2 is also good (and pretty cheap now), but 810 overheat so much.. wish next year they make more proper G5 and GFlex3 (and G5 stylus join flagship line and battle with galaxy note)

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

G4? More like G3.1. There's nothing amazing or spectacular about the G4 or the G3. They have lost their stride after the G2.

14. baldilocks

Posts: 1425; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The Nexus 5 was and still is a great phone.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That Golden 3 Tho.

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yeah it's awesome, if it had mini jack I'd be all over it, it's like perfect compact phone, but the lack of afromentioned kills it for me

4. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Only YotaPhone qualifies as a dual screen phone.Others are just gimmicks.

5. Macready

Posts: 1793; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The v10 setup is actually quite similar to the Galaxy Note Edge. Most people don't realize it but unlike the other Edge phones, the Note Edge has two display panels connected to one another. The Edge display adds 140x2560 pixels to the 2560x1440 main display and can be controlled separately. Therefore it belongs in this list too.

7. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

The Galaxy Note Edge display is similar to Note 4, but it has an OLED display that is manufactured on a flexible plastic substrate so that it can bend around the side of the phone to provide a second display area that can be viewed from both the front or the side.

8. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

V10 rocks ,Yotaphone too I have 1 st generation Yotaphone :)

9. raerae

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I thought the first one is designed by Durex cause I scroll a bit faster.

11. Obádárà

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... The samsung edge phones should be here if the Lg v10 can be!...

13. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

It started with Samsung Continuum, then my belove Note Edge...

20. qbyrd21 unregistered

wonder will golden work in the usa. if so where can I buy

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