MWC 2013: Various brands overview

GSMArena team, 25 February 2013.

YotaPhone hands-on

The YotaPhone is an interesting concept. On one side it has a 4.3" 1280 x 720 LCD capable of showing you the full array of colors as you'd expect. On the other side however the YotaPhone has another 4.3-incher of the E-Ink variety on tap, which is ideal for reading books and can also display notifications without consuming much energy.

Despite having two screens the YotaPhone manages a thickness under 10 mm. The YotaPhone has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean preinstalled and under the hood things are kept in check by a dual-core S4 processor with two 1.5 GHz Krait cores and 2 gigs of RAM.

The device made the rounds back in December of last year and this is the first time we're seeing it in the flesh.


The YotaPhone feels lightweight in the hands and amidst all the 5" 1080p powerhouses actually feels very compact.

The SIM card tray doubles as a power button, which is an interesting idea. And things don't stop there - on the bottom right of the phone (when facing the LCD, that is) there's a magnetic charge port (like on the Microsoft Surface RT). There's also a microUSB port.


On the back side where the E-Ink display is you also find a 12 MP camera with single LED flash.

The LCD front of the device is covered in glass while the back has a matte finish on top of the E-Ink screen. The outer edges are made out of are rubbery plastic.

Keep in mind that the YotaPhone isn't coming out until late this year but so far only North America has been confirmed. Also some specs may change closer to launch.

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