We first got word of the YotaPhone back in mid-December and then spent a bit of hands-on time with this unique handset during CES. You can check out that hands-on video below, however perhaps a bit more pressing for today — we have some information regarding the manufacturing and release of the YotaPhone.
Keep in mind, these details are what we would consider early. Basically, the folks behind the YotaPhone have announced the manufacturer as being Hi-P. The official details about Hi-P have them described as being “one of the fastest growing Tier 1 contract manufacturers in Asia, specializing in wireless telecommunications and consumer electronics.” Regardless, Hi-P are located in Singapore and have been the manufacturer behind products from other companies to include Amazon and Apple as well as BlackBerry.
In terms of a release, the YotaPhone is “expected to be ready” for sale first in Russia and followed with a global release during the second half of 2013. As far as what that global release will include, nothing specific has been given at this time. And while we are still some time away from the initial release of the YotaPhone, the company appears to already be looking forward and have noted that they have established an R&D and Asian sales office in Singapore.
Otherwise, for those who may have forgotten, or simply skipped the initial YotaPhone news, this is a unique smartphone in that it will launch with two-displays. The handset will have a 4.3-inch LCD display with a 1280 x 720 resolution on the front and a 4.3-inch e-ink display on the backside. Finally, aside from the dual-display setup being interesting, the YotaPhone will be running Android.