Battery life is one of the biggest bug bears of many a smartphone owner. Most of us have phones that can perform a massive array of tasks, but unless you carefully invest in a phone with a mammoth battery, or keep a second battery on hand at all times, it can prove impossible to last even a day before having to recharge. This leaves many users curbing their usage.
St Petersburg based phone manufacturers Yota believe they may have a solution to the problem.
Yota are best known for making modems and routers, and this is their first smartphone release, but it could prove popular with certain groups of buyers. As well as a 4.2” LCD display, similar to those found on other phones, it will also feature a second e-paper screen.
E-paper technology is commonly used in ebook readers, has very low power consumption figures, but has a low refresh rate. This means that while it can prove suitable for activities like reading e-books, and even checking emails and texts, it is not suitable for more intensive activities like playing games and using complex apps.
The Yota will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a 12mp camera. While it isn’t the cheapest phone on the market, currently priced at around €499, it also isn’t the most expensive. There will be a lot of people that view the Yota as being something of a gimmick, but people that endure drained batteries and those that read a lot of e-books could well benefit from the new device. The e-paper screen does not suffer from screen glare and works in all light settings too.
Will you consider buying a Yota, or will you stick to charging your phone multiple times during the day?