Back during the IFA at the end of August, we learned of work being done to develop an unusual dual-screen Android. Rather than some sort of complicated hinge system like the Kyocera Echo employed, this design would place a secondary display right on the phone’s back. So, what’s the point of that, you ask? Because the secondary screen is a low-power electronic ink component, able to display notifications without killing your battery. Now Russian company Yota is preparing its own handset along those lines, and its Head of Software Development recently took the time to demonstrate the YotaPhone on video.
Even without the e-ink screen as its hook, the YotaPhone sounds like a decent enough mid-to-high-end Android. It will arrive running Jelly Bean, feature a dual-core S4 with 2GB of RAM, and be available with up to 64GB flash.
What we’re really interested in, though, is that secondary screen. With just a swipe of the finger, you can transfer a screenshot of the primary screen over to the e-ink display, perfect for keeping an email ready to ready even while you’re phone’s asleep, or keeping driving directions visible at a moment’s glance. With separate touch input, you can even scroll through these still screens while the rest of the phone’s disabled.
The YotaPhone should be launching sometime in the second half of next year.
Via: Android Central