YotaPhone 3 Flaunts Updated Rear E-Ink Display with Metallic Design

September 20, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

After having it teased back in June, YotaPhone has finally pulled out the third-gen variant of the dual-screen smartphone. Simply called as Yota3, the flagship phone comes with many upgrades over the predecessor, including a new rear E-ink display along with upgraded camera and design.

To start off with, Yota3 features a fully metallic design with rounded corners that simply ups the appeal. Within those rounded bezels is a 5.5-inch Full HD Samsung AMOLED display on the front side. This is accompanied by a 5.2-inch 720p E-ink Carta II display at the rear-side. That’s a big improvement considering that the previous YotaPhone featured a smaller screen with smaller resolution. The rear-screen is also aided by capacitive buttons below it.

On the hardware front, the Yota3 is powered by Snapdragon 625, which isn’t really what we expected in a flagship device. But it has some improvements when moving to the camera segment, where we can find a faster 12MP primary sensor seated on the rear-face of the device. The 1.4um sensor boasts Dual PD autofocus with f/1.9 aperture. The front-cam is powered by a 13MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture.

Yota3 is also powered by a 3300mAh battery that comes with quick charging features. USB Type-C is what’s offered by Yota3 in terms of connectivity, but there’s no headphone jack this time around. With a RAM of 4GB, the Yota3 will be available in two different storage versions; 64GB (priced at around $560), and 128GB (priced at around $655).

Those prices are quite above what was expected from a device with not much premium specs. It now needs to be seen how good the dual-screen factor will prove to subdue the price disadvantage. Yota3 will be available initially in China, with the company holding plans to launch it outside at a later point of the year.

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