Dual-screen YotaPhone hitting stores in December

Yota Devices is on the verge of releasing a revolutionary YotaPhone dual-screen device that will combine a smartphone and eReader.

The company plans to release the YotaPhone internationally in December to capitalise on the Christmas sales period, according to TechCrunch, with the device set to shake up the market with its unique dual display design.

As far as technical specs are concerned it has a 1.7GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard memory. The front screen is a 4.3in 720p LCD display with the back side of the device featuring a 4.3in 360x640 EPD grayscale display with a touch zone below it to allow gesture controls.

The device has a 13-megapixel back camera with a 1-megapixel snapper on the front, an 1800mAh battery and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It weighs in at 146g and the dimensions are 133.6 x 67 x 9.99mm.

When it comes to price, earlier reports stated the device would cost €500 [£419] with the firm yet to confirm definitive pricing except for a report in Russian publication Itar-Tass that states retailer Svyaznoy will launch sales of the device in November at RUB 20,000 [£380]. It suggests that the device will be priced around £400 when released in the UK, which is expected to take place during the first release stage.

The YotaPhone first appeared at the mobile industry’s large trade shows earlier this year with the Mobile World Congress [MWC] in Barcelona playing host to a booth based on the device.

A hands-on review of the device at the same event showed just how useful the back-screen can be at saving battery life and can be used to store items for use later such as plane boarding passes or website articles. It remains to be seen, however, whether the back screen is enough to tempt consumers away from the established smartphone manufacturers.