Meet YotaPhone

LAS VEGAS--I had heard about the YotaPhone, an Android smartphone on one side with an e-ink display on the back, prior to CES, but the confab marked the first time it was shown in the U.S. Gestures navigate you around both sides.
Updated:
Photo by: James Martin/CNET / Caption by:

Front and back

From the front, you use YotaPhone like almost any other Android 4.1 smartphone (L), and when you need to conserve battery power, you flip it over to access information on the low-powered e-ink back (R).
Updated:
Photo by: James Martin/CNET / Caption by:

Specs

The YotaPhone has a 12-megapixel camera on the rear, a 1.3-megapixel lens on the front, a dual-core processor, and plenty of storage at 32 or 64GB capacities. Or it will, anyway, after it cycles through several prototypes and launches sometime in the latter half of 2013.
Updated:
Photo by: James Martin/CNET / Caption by:

Not your ordinary power button

In addition to pouring on the e-ink, Yota Devices also wanted to give the YotaPhone some efficiencies, including merging the power button with the SIM card slot.
Updated:
Photo by: James Martin/CNET / Caption by:

Curved Gorilla Glass 3

Look closely and you can see that the phone's back is curved. Before Corning announced Gorilla Glass 3 just before the show, YotaPhone had it custom-make this surface.
Updated:
Photo by: James Martin/CNET / Caption by:
Hot Galleries

Last-minute gift ideas

Under pressure? These will deliver on time

With plenty of top-notch retailers offering digital gifts, you still have time to salvage your gift-giving reputation.

Hot Products