First-Gen Yotaphone Now Available in the UK
Yota Devices is still the one and only gadget maker to release a smartphone with both an E-ink and an LED screen, and they’ve just launched the Yotaphone in the UK.
The Yotaphone, which launched in Germany and Russia last December, is now listed with a UK retail price. It now costs £419, a couple euros higher than its 499 euro retail price, and about £10 cheaper than the new 8GB iPhone 5c.
This smartphone, which is not to be confused with the second-gen model launched last month, comes equipped with a 4.7″ LED screen and a 4.3″ E-ink screen. The LED screen has a capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 × 720, while the E-ink screen sports a resolution of 640 × 360.
The Yotaphone runs Android 4.2.2 on a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU. It has 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 2GB of RAM, and a pair of cameras (13MP w\Flash and 1MP).
In terms of connectivity, the first-gen Yotaphone has Wifi, BT, GPS, FM Radio, and support for LTE and GSM cell networks. It also has bevy of sensors including an accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, the kitchen sink, and an ambient light sensor.
This phone retails for 499 euros in Europe. It hasn’t been launched yet in the US, but Yota Devices has stated that they planned to do so. But if you ask me I would bet that we are more likely to see the second-gen model instead. That device is expected to ship in Europe and Asia in late 2014, and reach the US no later than early 2015.