Russians bet on dual-screen phone in effort to join global party

12/12/2012 | Wall Street Journal, The

Russia's Yota Devices will introduce a smartphone equipped with two displays at a major industry event in February in preparation for releasing the $500, Android-powered handset in the third quarter and going global by the end of 2013. "Most phones nowadays are boring -- they are just boxes. This is a phone for people who want to be outside that box," said chief executive Vladislav Martynov, who was demonstrating the handset. The phone's second screen features an electronic-paper display that provides seamless data streaming and a promise of longer battery life than other smartphones.

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