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E-ink Equipped Yotaphone to Ship in Europe in November, Will Cost 500 Euros

Yotaphone_8c_screen[1]It’s been some 9 months since we got our first look at the Yotaphone, the first smartphone to sport an E-ink screen and an LCD screen, and finally I have a firm ship date for this device.

A couple German gadget blogs are reporting that the Yotaphone will cost 500 euros when it ships some time in November. This smartphone was somewhat delayed from its initial planned release of Q3, but this is not unusual for hardware launches.

This smartphone caught everyone’s attention back in December because it has not one but 2 screens. On the back of the device is the usual LCD screen found on most smartphones, while on the front you will find an E-ink screen.

The production model (not to be confused with the demo units shown off in videos) is going to run Android 4.3 on a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU. It will ship with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, Wifi, BT, GPS, a 12MP camera, GLONASS, and LTE. The 4.3″ LCD screen will have a screen resolution of 1280 × 720, while the E-ink screen will also measure 4.3″ and sport a resolution of 640 × 360.


The Yotaphone has been one of the hot gadget stories of 2013, but it’s not the only device of its kind any more. Over the past 6 months we have seen several aftermarket smartphone cases that offer an E-ink screen feature similar to the Yotaphone, including ones from Gajah, Pocketbook, and Alcatel. The Gajah case should be on the market by now, but it is only available in China.

Or, if you wanted to forgo the LCD screen, you might want to wait for the Onyx Boox smartphone. This is the product of a Chinese gadget maker which has turned its expertise with E-ink equipped ereader to developing a smartphone with an E-ink screen. The Boox smartphone is still under development, and it is expected to be available for license later this year.

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cornm September 12, 2013 um 3:00 pm

The e-ink screen resolution looks somewhat disappointing.

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