Dual-Screen E-Ink YotaPhone is Somehow Now a Real Phone That You Can Buy

By Gerald Lynch on at

...if you live in Russia, Germany, France, Austria or Spain that is. The sort of concept that seemed too ridiculous adventurous to ever make it to market, the dual-screened YotaPhone is now available at €499 in European stores, and is expected to be picked up soon by UK retailers to be sold at around the £420 mark.

The YotaPhone runs Android, combining a standard 4.3-inch 720p LCD touchcreen up front with a 4.3-inch E-Ink screen around the back. A 1.7GHz dual-core processor, backed by 2GB of RAM, powers the handset. The idea is that the low-powered E-Ink screen can be left on at all times, only updating when new notifications come in, allowing you to take a glance at incoming messages without chewing through power reserves. It'll also be a fair bit more comfortable for lengthy reading sessions, while the fact that E-Ink screens retain the last image pushed to them even when out of juice could be useful for when the handset's battery does eventually completely conk out. [TechRadar]