The YotaPhone features a powerful Android based phone with LCD display on one side and EPD on the other, which is the user's personal space for receiving notifications, linking to social media, reading content-rich news or displaying favorite pictures. The two displays are linked together.
"This will be the first time that people will be able to personalize the information they want to receive on their phones in an effortless way," said Yota Devices CEO Vlad Martynov. "You tell YotaPhone what information you want and when you want it. It becomes your personal assistant reminding you of what's important to you. Today if you want to check your email, calendar or social media page, you have to pick up your phone, turn it on, open the application and only then can you receive the information. With YotaPhone, this information will appear on the electronic paper display effortlessly, continuously and updated in real time," Martynov explained.
The two displays have different functions and different purposes. The dual screen phone lets users watch videos, play games and perform other functions best suited on the LCD, but adds an electronic paper display for content that requires longer reading time, like reading a book or magazine. It also keeps important information visible without draining the battery. Boarding passes, maps, tickets and other important information are displayed even if the battery dies.
Yota Devices has been working on YotaPhone for more than two years. The first model was shown to then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in September 2010 at a meeting on the country's modernization program. The company has filed a number of patents, copyrights and design rights associated with the phone.
YotaPhone will be available for sale worldwide in the second half of 2013. It is a multi-band, LTE phone that will work anywhere in the world.