Russian handset maker Yota Devices has revealed details of its second gen e-ink display equipped YotaPhone at MWC 2014 in Barcelona.
The new YotaPhone solves what was arguably the biggest problem with the original’s innovative concept – interacting with the e-Ink display. Previously, this was done by a series of gestures on a touchpad along the bottom of the e-Ink panel. But on the new YotaPhone, the panel is fully touch-enabled.The rear panel is 4.7″ large, and have greater pixel density than the previous model.It is also integrated with a light for the rear panel for using it in the dark.
“A full touch second display opens a tremendous number of unique user cases for YotaPhone users. You can look and not just get information from the second display, but can interect. You can respond to email or SMS messages, you can do a lot of things,” Vlad Martynov, CEO of Yota Devices
The idea behind having this always-on e-ink display was that it shows up notifications and updates without draining the battery.But with new YotaPhone, it’s now possible to respond to notifications and carry out actions (like making calls, messages etc.) without switching across to the main display at all.
Also, there’s a power saving mode that allows you to switch off the front display and just enable the back display.
Yota says the new YotaPhone will go on sale in Russia and EMEA markets in Q4 2014, with US and Asian availability following in the next quarter or two.
5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) HD OLED 442 PPI display
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm processor
8-megapixel camera on the back
2-megapixel front-facing camera
2550 mAh battery