YotaPhone gets a price cut in India

A month after its India launch, the first-generation Yotaphone dual-screen Smartphone received a Rs 5,500 price cut.

The phone, which is available exclusively on the online marketplace Flipkart, is now available at Rs 17,999.

The “always-on” Android Smartphone sports a liquid crystal display on one side and an e-paper display on the other.
Yotaphone has a 4.3-inch LCD display with 1280x720p resolution on one side and a 4.3-inch 640x360p E-Ink display on the other.

The LCD screen is for using the handset as a Smartphone, while the E-Ink panel allows it to be used as an e-reader this type of screen is also used in e-readers like Kindle and Kobo and does not affect eyes adversely.

The E-Ink display of Yotaphone also enables users to see notifications like messages, calls, reminders, appointments, weather, etc even when the Smartphone display is not turned on and the technology also preserves Smartphone battery power. Yota Devices claims that in reading mode, Yotaphone has 7-10 times the battery life of other Smartphones.

Other key specifications of the Yotaphone include a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 2GB RAM, and 32GB internal storage. It runs Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) software and runs on a 1,800mAh battery.

The 13MP rear camera and LED flash are placed below the E-Ink display on the back; a 1MP camera is used in front. Connectivity options in the device include 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The phone features the company’s patented software that allows information to be shared and used between YotaPhone’s two screens. A number of applications also come preloaded on the Yotaphone.