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Saturday, 21 December 2013

21 December 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. First Russian Smartphone

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. First Russian Smartphone. 2013


On Wednesday, Russia announced the rollout of the YotaPhone… the world’s first smartphone with a dual-screen. The Android-based YotaPhone, from modem developer Yota, features a full-colour LCD screen on one side and a black-and-white electronic paper display on the other. The gadget is a premium-class device, but its price is lower than the iPhone, being 18-19,000 Roubles (546-576 USD. 580-613 CAD. 612-646 AUD. 400-422 Euros. 334-353 UK Pounds). Our RIA-Novosti Infographic gives you the technical parameters of the device. Its main distinguishing feature is that it constantly updates information on an additional screen using “electronic ink” technology, the secondary screen has a power usage eight times lower than that of the main LCD. According to the manufacturer, the second screen lets you use the YotaPhone for 50 hours in read-only mode. Both screens are the same size, 4.3 inches diagonally. The LCD screen resolution is of HD quality (1280×720 pixels), the back screen resolution is 640×360 pixels. YotaPhone runs the Android OS with 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Qualcomm 1.7-GHz dual-core processor, with 2 Gb of RAM and 32 Gb internal storage. The phone has a 13-megapixel main camera with LED Flash and a frontal unit with 1 megapixel. The YotaPhone uses the LTE system.

Dimensions: 134 x 67 x 10 mm (5.25 x 2.63 x 0.4 inches)

Weight: 146 grammes (5.15 ounces)

5 December 2013






Monday, 9 December 2013

Russia to Consider iPhone Ban for Government Officials

00 Yota Phone. RUSSIA. 09.12.13


On Monday, Izvestia reported that Russian lawmakers would consider requiring Russian government officials to ditch foreign-made smartphones like the iPhone and use the Russian-made Yotaphone instead, due to concerns about the lack of security of foreign-made communication gadgets. Izvestia stated that a Federation Council commission would analyse how vulnerable some contemporary communication devices are, which may lead to proposals that officials get rid of mobiles manufactured abroad as they’re anxious over potential government security breaches from the use of smartphones. Lawmakers interviewed by Izvestia raised questions about foreign-made telephones’ security, implying that outsiders could more easily hack them or spy on them than they could a Russian-made device. RF Gosduma Deputy Vadim Dengin told Izvestia, “There’d always be distrust towards smartphone manufacturers. Whoever makes the technology can also eavesdrop on it. I’d easily give up [my] smartphone in favour of a domestic smartphone designed specifically for us and by us. In this regard, I have high hopes for Yotaphone”.

Last week, the mobile broadband services provider  Yota launched the twin-screened Yotaphone, which features a full-colour LCD screen on one side and a black-and-white electronic paper display on the other. Already, Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, a well-known Apple fan, has begun using the Yotaphone, the country’s first domestically-produced smartphone. Last week, he told reporters that he hoped it’d have better protection from spying than the iPhone. Recently, technology security came to the forefront of global government attention amidst media revelations that American security agencies monitored the telephone conversations of dozens of world leaders, leading to distrust by some Russian officials of American technology. Besides that, US President Barack Obama said that he couldn’t use an iPhone for security reasons. In September, Vitaly Milonov, a member of the St Petersburg Legislative Assembly, warned Russian officials against using Apple’s new iPhone 5, saying that the device’s fingerprint-recognition security measure could store the prints in American intelligence agency databases.

 9 December 2013



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