YotaPhone, a device which pushed the limits of imagination one step further when it was announced in December last year, was also present here at MWC 2013, in Barcelona. We had the chance of playing with this dual-faced wonder and although the model was still a concept in this stage, we must admit that we were more then impressed, at least of the concept.

Speaking of ideas, YotaPhone has successfully embedded a secondary display into a smartphone without affecting the battery consumption in sensitive ways, while greatly improving the overall experience of the purchaser. Scroll below, to see our hands-on experience.

YotaPhone Hands On – a great experience


Yota, a Russian company at roots, has managed to bring to MWC 2013 a fully-state working device, which only needs a bit of polish before official release. From our ten minute preview with the device, we’ve come to know that it has a 4.3-inch wide primary screen capable of HD resolutions and a 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait processor which can process LTE signal, even through a MIMO band.

The phone feels a bit bulky at touch and its curved shape may seem a bit too much for those who like the slimness of the latest iPhone, but will not cause any troubles for those accommodates with past-generation items, like the Nexus S for example. The material felt a bit cheap, mostly because the back surface is cover by the secondary e-Ink display in very high proportions and the number of ports was generally limited (maybe because it’s just in a testing phase, for now).

When you get pass all of these small inconveniences and weight Yota only by its concept, this phone is really great. The secondary display is manufactured using the same technology as the original Kindle and thus, is very friendly with the battery. The presenter told our crew that it can function for months and when it’s not synchronizing, it does not consume power, at all (we saw this when the battery was replenished and the secondary kept going).

Secondly, this dual-display concept wants to assist the owner in daily tasks, like navigating from one place to another, reading books on friendlier surface or taking really great pictures. For instance, almost anything from the main screen can be sent on the back surface using a dual-finger slide towards the bottom, allowing people to pin maps, important images and so on. When it came to taking pictures, this secondary surface can help people with a preview of the shoot and thus, increase the quality of the picture.

There were no details regarding the price or a solid release date, but we’ve learned that the YotaPhone should reach in the second half of this year and should retail for the average price of a high-end smartphone.

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Alex holds an engineering degree in Telecommunications and has been covering technology as a writer since 2009. Customization is his middle name and he doesn’t like to own stock model gadgets. When he’s away from the keyboard, simpler things like hiking, mountain climbing and having a cold drink make his day.