As this year’s Consumer Electronics Show included exciting innovations in almost every tech product category imaginable, some of the most interesting tech innovations to surface came from the smartphone industry. Here are a number of the most curious innovations that have shown up in the smartphone sphere — including one which has already crept onto one rather exclusive market.
First up is the YotaPhone from Russian smartphone manufacturer Yota. Like several other devices featured at CES, the Android-powered YotaPhone includes two displays. However, Yota took a unique approach to doubling its screen real estate by using two different types of display technologies.
According to CNET, the front of the YotaPhone uses a typical 4.3-inch LCD display with a 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution, while the back has an e-ink display with only 360 x 640 pixel resolution. E-ink is the same low-power display technology used by Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) for its Kindle e-book reader. Since e-ink displays consume less power, users can extend the device’s battery life by using the e-ink display for any functions that don’t require a high-resolution color screen.
Although the idea of a second low-power smartphone screen is intriguing, the success of the YotaPhone may depend on consumers’ willingness to sacrifice display quality for a longer battery life. As noted by CNET, the YotaPhone’s low-quality second display also suffers from a lack of software.
The YotaPhone will go on sale in Russia and various European markets by the end of this year, reports CNET. However, Yota noted that this iteration will not be released in the U.S. According to YotaPhone’s website; all available YotaPhones have already been reserved.