YotoPhone to launch in the second half of 2013

Posted by Thomas Anderson

The YotaPhone can best be described as a handset that features two displays: one E-ink  and the other a traditional LCD.

The phone runs Google's mobile Android operating system and is designed to offer users the best of both worlds when it comes to display technologies. Indeed, the E-ink display is perfect for reading and consumes very little power, while the LCD is optimized for viewing video and photographs requiring color.

Yota Devices announced this week that it would be bringing its phone to the consumer market in the second half of 2013 after landing a manufacturing agreement with a Tier 1 contract manufacturer (HI-p) in Asia that specializes in wireless telecommunications and consumer electronics devices.

"Bringing a unique product like YotaPhone to the market requires an experienced manufacturing partner with both qualitative and quantitative engineering skills and Hi-P excels in both," said Vlad Martynov, CEO, Yota Devices. "Hi-P has a proven track-record in high volume production of mobile devices with sophisticated design and advanced technology."

The company has also announced that it will be establishing an office in Singapore for R&D and sales in Asia. The company already has development teams working in Russia, the United States, and Finland that will all collaborate with Hi-P on getting the YotaPhone to market.

"YotaPhone is a real differentiator in the smartphone space, and Hi-P is pleased to be workingwith Yota Devices to bring this one-of-a-kind product to market," said C.T. Yao, Executive Chairman and CEO of Hi-P.

"Hi-P understands that speed and flexibility are keys to success in this rapidly changing market and we are committed to deliver on-time results of the highestquality for Yota Devices."