Sorry United States, but you’re just going to have to wait for the Yotaphone. The launch date for the android-powered dual-screen Yotaphone was announced today at a press event in Moscow, and SURPRISE the launch date is today. The awesome thing aspect of the Yotaphone is that it pairs a standard LCD screen with an eInk display. The Yotaphone has been confirmed at a price point of €499/19,990 RUB which was the price it was rumored to be.
Although it is not currently being sold in the United States, people interested in the Yotaphone in Russia, Austria, France, Spain and Germany will be able to get their hands on the smartphone. Yota Devices hopes to push their devices to a total of 20 markets in Europe and the Middle East by Q1 2014.
But yes, this is a major buzzkill for those of us in the United States and as of now there’s no official word on whether or not the YotaPhone will ever come to the United States.
In terms of the specifications, the YotaPhone is nothing new. There’s a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, 2GM of RAM, a 4.3-inch 720p front display and a 1800mAH battery. But that’s not what has caught potential YotaPhone users’ interests. It’s the 4.3-inch eInk display mounted on the phone’s rear as opposed to the usual backplate. To get content on the second screen all it takes is a two-finger swipe down the front screen. There’s only a few apps that utilize the two-screen viewing, but Yota Devices is planning to open up the necessary APIs to developers.
So, what do you think about the YotaPhone?