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You certainly have enjoyed your favourite smartphone with display at the front bringing everything for you but now comes a device possessed with two screens – front and rear. The double-sided YotaPhone is back as Baoli Yota has officially announced the YotaPhone 3. The one on the rear side is an e-ink display, the kind you see on e-book readers like the Amazon Kindle. In a way, it gives you a phone and e-reader at the same time, if you don’t mind the small size.

History of YotaPhone

Yota Devices, a Russian firm, is the master mind of double screen handsets. The first YotaPhone failed — noisy, hopeless and shameful. The device came a year later than planned and advertised the black-and-white screen was not touch. Upset from the body (a rectangular plastic brick) to prices (20 thousand rubles).

The second YotaPhone was discussed, praised and compared with the flagships but it also did fail to produce results in terms of buyers’ satisfaction. Total of both generations YotaPhone has sold 75,000 copies — a terrible result against the background of rosy expectations.

Later the Chinese company China Baoli bought from Yota Devices 30% stake and formed a joint venture with Coolpad – one of the largest manufacturers of smartphones in Asia. In September 2016, the development of the third YotaPhone dismissed the Russian office and in March this year the Chinese investor allocates money for the creation of a new smartphone with two screens – YotaPhone 3.

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YotaPhone 3

Features of YotaPhone 3

If you see the YotaPhone 3 out of the box, you merely meet with two screens – a 5.5 inch 1080p AMOLED display on the front and a 5.2 inch 720p display E-ink display on the rear of the smartphone aided by three capacitive buttons. The fingerprint sensor is located on the home button at the front due to a lack of space on the back.

The YotaPhone 3 is Dual SIM by default that runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with a custom skin (Yota OS 3.0) on top. Internally, you get an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor with 4 GB RAM and either 64 or 128 GB of storage, which is likely non-expandable.

On the camera front, there comes a 13 MP shooter at the rear working as main camera with autofocus and dual-tone LED flash whereas the front one comes with a 12 MP sensor.

The battery capacity is set at 3,300 mAh, getting charged via USB-C port. Owing to the efficiency of the Snapdragon 625 and the e-ink display on the back, the phone can last you through a day and a half of average use.

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Price and Availability

The YotaPhone 3 is now officially available in China featuring dual screens with price tags of $360 (~PKR 37,800) for the base model and $460 (~PKR 48,400) for the 128 GB version.

Specifications

OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat with YotaOS 3.0
Supported Networks 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
Dual SIM Support Yes
CPU 2 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Displays Front – 5.5″ AMOLED with 1080p resolution
Rear – 5.2″ 720p E-ink with three capacitive keys
RAM 4 GB
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
Card Slot No
Connectivity USB-C. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
Primary
Camera
13 MP, autofocus, dual-tone LED flash
Secondary Camera 12 MP
Battery 3,300 mAh
Price 64 GB – $360 (~PKR 37,800)
128 GB – $460 (~PKR 48,400)