first_imgBattery-sipping e-ink displays have yet to make their presence felt in the world of smartphones, but YotaPhone is looking to change that. The Russian creation features a full-color 1280×720 LCD on the front and a 200DPI e-ink display on the back that’s driven by custom software (both measure 4.3 inches and are protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass). By splitting duties between the two displays, the YotaPhone’s battery life can be extended by as much as 50% — without resorting to Motorla’s Droid Razr Maxx strategy.The energy-saving e-ink display does come with a catch: it’s not built to run standard Android apps. Only the lower portion of the screen is touch-enabled, and it’s driven by custom software. That’s not a bad trade-off for the daylight readability and improved efficiency. You probably wouldn’t want to run most of your favorite apps on an e-ink display anyway because of its much slower refresh rate and complete lack of color.As for the rest of the YotaPhone’s hardware, there’s a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, and a minimum of 32GB of internal storage. A 12-megapixel camera adorns the e-ink side of the phone while a 720P-capable cam faces front for all your Google+ Hangout and Skype video chat needs. On the wireless connectivity side of things, the YotaPhone supports LTE.The YotaPhone is set to launch in Russia first, though not until the third quarter of 2013 and discussions are under way with US and European carriers as well. With nearly a year to go before launch, don’t be surprised if those specs change. If they don’t, however, it could mean that the phone will be positioned as a mid-range phone with a more modest price tag.More at Engadgetlast_img read more