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YotaPhone released in the UK priced £419

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The YotaPhone with its dual screens is now available to buy in the UK for £419 SIM-free.

Yota Devices’ first smartphone, and a rather unique one at that, has been released in the UK and is compatible with all UK carriers.

The YotaPhone features a 4.3-inch 720 x 1280p HD LCD display on the front, but also has a secondary 4.3-inch e-paper display on the back.

This e-paper display remains always-on so you can see any notifications you’ve received at a glance and without having to resort to the full-colour, battery draining LCD panel.

“The typical user picks up and activates their smartphone more than 150 times a day,” said Vlad Martynov, Yota Devices CEO. “Why? Because users worry that messages or information they need or want are hidden behind their phone’s black screen. This is a huge distraction and can impede meaningful interaction with our friends, families and colleagues.”

Other than the dual screens, the YotaPhone features a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB of RAM. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a 1800mAh battery.

According to Yota Devices, the usability of the e-paper display means that your YotaPhone’s battery will last around 7 – 10 times longer than other smartphones with the same battery.

The e-paper display won’t take over the main LCD screen though, as it doesn’t run full Android apps, but Yota has released an SDK that means developers can make sure it receives their app notifications.

If you’re planning on picking up the unusual YotaPhone you can head to the website, but be warned, YotaPhone 2  will be arriving in late-2014 with a touchscreen e-ink rear display.

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