A dual screen smartphone is making its way into the hearts of tech loving Indonesians. The upcoming handset is a bid by Russian smartphone manufacturer Yota Devices and local cellphone distributor Maxindo Nusantara to tap into Indonesia’s growing tech savvy middle class. The unit which is the second generation of its kind is called the Yotaphone 2.
This recently announced quirky mobile phone has a dual screen; one side of which is an LCD display while the other side is an electronic paper display. The phone is the first Russian designed smartphone to be ever produced on the Indonesian market, reports Jakarta Globe.
Yota Devices business development director, Mikhail Belousov, said that the recent launch in Indonesia is one of the most important markets for the mobile company because it is currently being called the largest market in the world. Belousov also adds that it is the only growing market compared to China. They also find that the company will have good prospects in the country.
Both the Russian start up and its local partner, Maxindo Telemedia Nusantara, believes that their attempt to jump into Indonesia’s smartphone market will not be defeated by other established products from the US and Asian manufacturers.
According to Maxindo Telemedia Nusantara Managing Director, Ted Samuel, they believe that this product will not disappear from the market quickly and will thrive. “The brand has managed to keep its existence, so we believe there’s a market for each product.”
Yotaphone 2 runs on an upgradeable Android 4.4 KitKat and is set to be priced slightly cheaper than most high-end smartphones at Rp 9 million IDR. One of the sides of the dual screen is a 5-inch colored Amoled HD display and another side is a 4.7-inch, 16 level gray scale electronic paper display. The screen has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.
Based on the early released info on its site, the Russian designed mobile device has a 2500mAh battery which can last from 387 to 406 hours on standby mode and from 13.7 to 41.8 hours on talk time. The lithium polymer battery can be charged via wirelessly with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. It has a 2GB RAM and an internal storage of 32GB.
The successor of Yotaphone comes with a dimension of 144.9 x 69.4 x 8.95mm. It sports an 8 megapixel rear shooter with a LED flash and a 2.1 megapixel front shooter. The dual screen phone which weighs 145 g is said to run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.2 GHz quad core processor. The Russian designed phone supports Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and A-GPS+GLONASS in terms of connectivity.
Jakarta Globe also reports that currently, the Yotaphone 2 is being produced in China. According to Samuel, the company is considering producing the smartphone units in Indonesia by the fourth quarter of this year. This is in order to comply with the government’s local content regulation.
Consumers can now pre-order the unit at Indonesia’s local e-commerce site Blibli.com for two weeks and will then be available on other e-commerce sites. Meanwhile, according to Maxindo the next version of the mobile phone – the Yotaphone 3 is also set to be sold in Indonesia later this year.