This dual-screen phone has an e-ink screen and a color display: first real pictures of Siswoo R9 Darkmoon surface

Somewhere in the vast plains of Asia, there is a clone for everything that already exists in the world. It's the backup system of the world, a blueprint that can be used to recreate all the wonders of Western civilization in case of some force majeure that would one day wipe us all off the face of Earth.

We're kidding, of course, but that's pretty much the impression one would be under if you look at the developments in the Chinese smartphone market. This time, there are two devices that are competing for the title of the first one to clone the YotaPhone, a phone originally released by Russian YotaDevices and featuring a secondary e-ink screen (perfectly suitable for long reading without draining much battery) in addition to the main color display.

The two companies in question are Siswoo and UMi, which might be foreign to those accustomed to Apple, Samsung, LG and the rest of the mainstream brands. Nonetheless, Siswoo and UMi have been making smartphones for years, and some of their creations feature pretty astounding value for the money.

Now, Siswoo seems to be on the way to be the first one to clone the YotaPhone with its own Siswoo R9 Darkmoon (now that's a mouthful). Keep in mind that we use clone freely here: there is no direct copying of the design, but the idea of a dual-screen device is obviously borrowed from Yota. Right below, you'd see the first real-life images of the Siswoo R9 Darkmoon in action (you can even see some of the shadowing effect, typical for the low-refresh rate of e-ink screens), and those serve as proof that the device is in advanced phases of production and could arrive before the UMi Zero 2, the other Chinese phone with a dual-screen setup.

Good news is that the Siswoo R9 Darkmoon is expected to carry the typical for the Asian manufacturer low prices. Such a lower price would allow more buyers to get the phone, as the YotaPhone is considered a high-end phone with the respective restraining high price. What do you think, would you get such a phone?


source: Gizchina

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14 Comments

1. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

Siswoo and Umi?? Sound like Indonesia name to me. I have a couple of friend name siswoo and umi

2. Sheryb

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Hahaha Thats Cute :)

3. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

I not kidding. Siswoo is very common boy name. like 1 in 1000. if you go a random school in Indonesia and ask for siswoo, you will got 70%-90% success rate. Umi is even more common girl name. like 1 in 200. if you go a random school in Indonesia and ask for Umi, you will got 98% success rate.

6. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

There's also a chinese company that use a spanish name like Ramos, lol! The chinese are getting tired of using a mandarin name.

8. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

LOL. Maybe chinese name were too hard. Hua wei or wah wey Xiao Mi or xiao me

12. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Most Chinese companies have two names, one local and one for the international market. For example Lenovo is called Lian Xiang, even Asus is called Hua Shuo, who in the West can pronounce that?

7. xnga123

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Btw I like your Indonesian name siti.it's derived from a goddess named sita/seeta.i wanted to tell you about this but this is the only time I could :p

11. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

Thank you. I didnot know that siti is also common name in indonesia. it's very easy to pronouncen and sound lovely/beatiful in ear. :)

9. xnga123

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Btw I like your Indonesian name siti.it's derived from a goddess named sita/seeta.i wanted to tell you about this but this is the only time I could :p

10. xnga123

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Btw I like your Indonesian name siti.it's derived from a goddess named sita/seeta.i wanted to tell you about this but this is the only time I could :p

4. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Like the idea.

5. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

It's a cool idea, but needs major changes and investment to become a daily driver. Kudos for the idea and making it all come together thou

13. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Very dope since it will save battery life. put it on the note 5 please.

14. 1794642695

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

I like this idea and wanna try one. :)

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