It was nearly a year ago that we first caught wind of the YotaPhone, a unique dual-display handset that includes a standard LCD screen on the front and an e-ink screen on the back. From day one, we have to admit we were intrigued by the device, simply because it was such an off-the-wall idea.
Since that time, we’ve seen the YotaPhone at CES 2013 and MWC, and more recently there were even rumors the device would be arriving to Russia sometime this month. Now YotaPhone has officially announced it’s launch plans, and we have some good and bad news. The good news is that the handset will be launching internationally, the bad news is that it isn’t happening until December.
Besides confirming that the handset will arrive in December, Yota actually divulged very little about their plans. We still can’t say what specific markets the handset will be coming to, nor do we know the exact price. Turning to the rumor mill, it’s possible that the handset could end up costing as much as 500 euros, or roughly $673.
Although that’s not too steep for a typical flagship device, the YotaPhone’s specs aren’t exactly high-end. The YotaPhone is said to be powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, a 4.3-inch 720p display, an 1800 mAh battery and some form of Android Jelly Bean.
These specs weren’t half-bad when the handset was first shown off at the beginning of this year, but a lot has changed since then. While the idea of the YotaPhone is an interesting one, we have our doubts that the unique design will be enough to win consumers over in the face of limited marketing, weak specs and a high asking price.
Keep in mind that we still can’t say with an certainty what the handset’s pricing will be, so we will reserve final judgement until we learn more. How about it, anyone still interested in the YotaPhone, or are the specs just too weak at this point?