Thursday, December 5, 2013

Russia Enters Smartphone World as it fields 'YotaPhone'

YotaPhone: The first Russian smartphone ever [Photo]
The smartphone market has so far been dominated with leading smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy S4, Apple's iPhone 5, Sony's Xperia and HTC 1 and so on. 

We never heard any thing from behind the iron curtain so far.

But Russia has now entered the smartphone race as it fields its first ever smartphone YotaPhone in the market both home and some European countries with effect from Wednesday 4 December.

YotaPhone features a quirky, dual-screen device with a traditional LCD-colour display on one side and an electronic-paper display similar to the Amazon Kindle based on Android operating system.
YotaPhone [Photo: WSJ]
The unique feature of the YotaPhone is its extra e-ink screen on the back. The YotaPhone puts relevant content on the back e-ink panel so you don’t have to fire up that power-hungry LCD as much.

The phone has a 4.3-inch 1280 HD display, slightly larger than the iPhone 5 but smaller than the top-selling Galaxy S4, which has a 5-inch screen. It has a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (first-gen Krait cores clocked at 1.7GHz), 2GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch 720p LCD, and an 1800 mAh battery. The e-ink screen is the same size, but only 360×640 resolution.

The phone developed by a Russian tech start-up, Yota Devices, will be sold for about $675 in Europe and for $600 in Russia, slightly cheaper than top competitors like the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. The company is also working on an API for developers to create new e-ink apps for the YotaPhone. 

Besides Russia, the device is being sold in Austria, France, Germany and Spain. It will go on sale in Britain in January. There are no plans to sell it in the United States. For the rest of the world, the phone will be available in 20 countries in the first quarter of 2014. Following the December launch, the phone will go on sale in some other European countries, including Britain and Switzerland, and in the Middle East, including in Egypt.


You may follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page to keep yourself updated on all latest Tech News and Solutions


Post a Comment

Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg Stumbleupon Favorites More