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Dual-screen smartphones: back in fashion?

With the filing of a Russian company, interest in smartphones with two screens has revived. What are the two-screen model offers modern mobile market?

Young users who consider the idea of ​​equipping the phone with a second innovative screen are mistaken. Auxiliary LED-displays were equipped with more primitive " clamshell ", staying at the peak of fashion a dozen years ago. On additional screens, the most important information was displayed - thanks to this “clamshell” user, it was not necessary to open the lid every time, for example, to watch the time.

It seemed that the concept of two screens “sunk into oblivion” along with the clamshells themselves. However, it was “resurrected” by the Russian company YotaPhone in 2012, demonstrating its revolutionary gadget with an additional E-Ink display. This article will tell you about the differences between modern Yotaphones and the debut model, as well as present other relevant smartphones with two screens.


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YotaPhone 2

  • Main screen: 5-inch diagonal, FullHD resolution
  • Additional screen: 4.7 inch diagonal, resolution 960 × 540
  • Memory (RAM / integrated) : 2 GB / 32 GB
  • Camera: 8 megapixel
  • Battery: 2,500 mAh

Price: from 14 900 rubles

YotaPhone 2 is not new; This Russian smartphone was presented at the MWC exhibition at the beginning of 2014 - where, by the way, it caused a stir. The device has become a real pride and a classic example of the domestic smartphone construction - even famous politicians were not shy about advertising it.

Like the first-generation model, in addition to the main FullHD-screen, the YotaPhone 2 also has an E-Ink display of almost the same size - it is located on the back surface. The user can use an additional screen not only for reading books (although this is the most obvious use), but also to control the basic functions of the mobile device. This is the key difference between the second Yotaphone and the “predecessor” - the first generation gadget has an auxiliary display that was not fully touch-sensitive. There was only a strip, with a swipe over which it was possible to turn the pages of the e-book.

The design and functionality also changed. YotaPhone 2 looks more attractive than the first model due to its rounded case, free from sharp corners. The ergonomics of the device at the height: a smartphone with two screens is neither heavy nor thick; in terms of mass and dimensions, it is comparable with the “classmates” models. The device received technical equipment at the flagship level of 2014: the manufacturer provided it, in particular, with wireless charging , protected by AMOLED-display, NFC and LTE modules, and even an audio player capable of playing FLAC-files.

A detailed comparison of YotaPhone and YotaPhone 2 produced the site www.maxabout.com . The results were presented by the portal in the form of infographics:

Image: maxabout.com

Would be the second Yotafon hit sales in Russia, if not for one "but": the price of the gadget was "biting . " For the device they asked for more than 32 thousand rubles. Of course, for the money the Russians preferred to buy Samsung Galaxy S5 and other flagship models of famous manufacturers.

By 2017, the cost of YotaPhone 2 has dropped many times, which contributed to the emergence of the next generation device.

Advantages :

  • Attractive design and good ergonomics.
  • Touch E-Ink screen.
  • Support YotaEnergy - proprietary energy saving features.
  • Support wireless charging technology.

Disadvantages :

  • The smartphone does not pull on a novelty - they released it back in 2014.
  • The gadget has no slot for a memory card.

Buy YotaPhone 2

Where to buy : on the Chinese marketplace AliExpress , in the official online store of YotaPhone.


YotaPhone 3

  • Main screen: 5.5 inches diagonal, FullHD resolution
  • Additional screen: 5.2 inches diagonal, E-ink technology
  • Memory (RAM / integrated): 4 GB / 64 - 128 GB
  • Camera (rear / front): 13 megapixels / 12 megapixels
  • Battery: 3,200 mAh

Price: 29 990 - 34 990 rubles (according to experts)

YotaPhone 3 has not yet been officially presented in Russia - that's why there is no certainty about the price. But the Chinese users have already shown a gadget with two displays. Users from the Celestial Empire will be able to pre-order from September 5 at a price of 2,398 yuan (about 21,500 rubles at the current exchange rate). The implementation of YOTA3 - so called YotaPhone 3 in Asia - will be the JD.com trading platform.

Developers YotaPhone again went to a radical change in design - the third model does not look at all like the second. More on the first - it was decided to abandon the rounded body and return to a rectangular shape. The gadget has a curious sensor on the back panel - thanks to this sensor, the smartphone determines exactly which of the 2 screens the user wants to unlock. Mandatory for modern flagships fingerprint sensor is also present here - it is located on the front face below the main display.

Surely the new Yotafon will compete with the best tablets for reading books , because the gadget will be sold immediately with several pre-installed applications for book lovers - including with iReader and China Reading.

YotaPhone 3 has a lot of other advantages compared to the “predecessor” - the screen is larger and the camera is better - but it is understandable: more than 3 years have passed since the release of the second model, and all these years, progress has not stood still. Technically, the third Yotafon is equipped no worse than modern flagships, however, the price is quite impressive. Russian users will be able to get acquainted with the new device only towards the end of the year.

Advantages :

  • Own "OSes" YotaOS 3.0 (based on Android 7.1.1).
  • Cameras with high resolution and good photosensitivity.
  • Support popular services for reading electronic books.
  • Lots of memory to store data.

Disadvantages :

  • Impressive cost - especially for the know-how, which YotaPhone 3 is considered by Russian retailers.
  • In Russia, the gadget is not yet sold.

Where to buy : domestic fans Yota can be advised to wait for the start of pre-orders and order the device in the Chinese online store JD.com.


LG V20

  • Main screen: 5.7 inches diagonal, resolution 2560 × 1440.
  • Additional screen: 2.1 inch diagonal, resolution 160 × 1040
  • Memory (RAM / integrated): 4 GB / 64 GB
  • Camera (rear / front): 16 + 8 megapixels / 5 megapixels
  • Battery: 3,200 mAh

Price: from 22 720 rubles

Not a single Yotaphone phone - in recent years, LG has released several smartphones with two screens at once. Although you need to immediately make a reservation that the additional screens for LG devices are not the same as those of products from Yota. They are tiny stripes placed just above the main display.

Following the "two-screen" X View K500DS and V10 (which, according to most experts, turned out to be "raw" devices), the V20 model with top-end stuffing and impressive metal design appeared - certainly, it deserves attention. The auxiliary display of the LG V20 displays the time, date, battery charge. With it, you can also switch tracks in the player, write voice notes, activate a flashlight. The gadget got a lot of "other bells and whistles": fast charging , dual rear camera, ultra-modern processor (at the time of release), an improved UX 5.0 + interface. V20 could take a worthy place in the ranking of the best music smartphones - the manufacturer equipped it with a dedicated DAC and proprietary technology from Bang Olufsen, aimed at improving the audio component.

Advantages :

  • Excellent "iron".
  • Advanced audio component.
  • The ability to immediately put a pair of SIM and flash.
  • Dual rear camera.

Disadvantages:

  • Mediocre autonomy.
  • Bad system optimization.

Where to buy : in the Russian online stores NELASTOR and THECASE.RU.


Doogee t3

  • Main screen: diagonal 4.7 inches, HD resolution.
  • Additional screen: 0.96 inch diagonal
  • Memory (RAM / integrated): 3 GB / 32 GB
  • Camera (rear / front): 13 megapixel / 5 megapixel
  • Battery: 3,200 mAh

Price: from 9 500 rubles

If the location of the second display on the LG V20 seems strange to you, then the Doogee T3 in this regard will surprise you even more. The Chinese manufacturer has placed an additional screen on the upper end of the device, which is bevelled and has a tilt angle of 60 °. The small screen is monochrome, it displays time, notifications of missed calls and unread messages.

The device T3 from Doogee generally turned out very curious and original. Experts note the high build quality of the smartphone and its premium metal design. The gadget looks really brutal - the back cover, made of genuine leather, adds solidity to it. But the outstanding functionality of the Doogee T3 cannot, alas, boast: the characteristics are average, which is logical - after all, the price of the device is low.

Advantages :

  • Original brutal design.
  • Availability of USB Type-C connector.
  • Good high resolution rear camera.
  • Removable battery.
  • Modest price.

Disadvantages :

  • The monochrome display has a minimum of settings.
  • The gadget is hard to find on sale in Russia.

Where to buy : in the Russian online stores NELASTOR and Sotovik City, on the Chinese marketplace AliExpress.


VKworld T2 Plus

  • The main screen: a diagonal of 4.2 inches, HD resolution.
  • Additional screen: 4.2 inches diagonal
  • Memory (RAM / integrated): 2 GB / 16 GB
  • Camera (rear / front): 13 megapixel / 5 megapixel
  • Battery: 2,500 mAh

Price: from 10 400 rubles

In 2016, the Chinese company Vkworld pleased everyone who remembered with nostalgia about the clamshell, releasing a smartphone in this form factor. A year later, the manufacturer's catalog was supplemented with the T2 Plus model, which not only differs in larger dimensions, but is also provided with quite a decent functionality.

The device is equipped with two IPS-displays: external and internal. Screens have the same size and resolution. If the gadget is in the folded state, you can use it just like a regular smartphone. It is enough to open the lid - and immediately get access to the physical keyboard.

Advantages :

  • 4G support.
  • Long autonomous work.
  • Camera with flash and phase autofocus.
  • Modern "OS" Android 7.0

Disadvantages :

  • Fragility is the common misfortune of all clamshells.
  • Unavailability - Russian users will definitely have to order a smart phone clamshell with two screens from China.

Buy VKworld T2 Plus

Where to buy : on the marketplace GearBest .


Conclusion

Contrary to popular belief, not only YotaPhone produces smartphones with two displays. There are enough two-screen models on the market, only a few of them reach Russia. Domestic users could find LG’s V-series smartphones with small color displays on display, but the respectable Doogee T3 and clamshell VKworld T2 Plus were not officially sold in Russia. It remains only to envy the Chinese users: they can live to admire the most original gadgets - and even the Russian-made YotaPhone 3 smartphone is shown to them before the Russians themselves.

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