fiction: we can teleport ourselves to any place on Earth in an instant. fact: smartphone can actually have two displays – back-to-back – as proven by Russian firm Yota Devices’s YotaPhone (not to be confused with the little green saint-like Jedi master). and it is already off the drawing board and now a real life working device that’s set to meet the world at the Mobile World Congress 2013, happening from February 25 to 28, 2013 in Barcelona. the YotaPhone is a dual-display Android smartphone with one side sporting a regular 4.3-inch touchscreen display with 1,280 by 720 resolution and on the flip side, it has a 200dpi E-Ink display for less intensive and static stuff such as ebook, maps, e-tickets et cetera.
the YotaPhone is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8960 processor with 2GB of RAM and features up to 64GB of internal storage, a 12-megapixel main camera and a 720p front-facing camera – all housed in package that measures less than 10mm thick and weighs in at just 140 grams (5 oz). interestingly, the power button of this dual-screen phone happens to be its SIM card tray as well. intriguing indeed. the phone is set to hit the Russian market sometime in Q3 of next year with an yet to be announced price. check out a few more (rendered) look after the break.
UPDATE [December 4, 2013; 3:43PM PST] the YotaPhone goes on sales today in Russia, Austria, France, Spain and Germany via YotaPhone online store for 19,990 RUB in Russia and €499 for the rest the markets. it will hit the retail stores in Russia and Germany within this month and is expected to reach 20 markets in the CIS, Europe and the Middle East by the end of Q1 2014.