Yota Devices, the company that outed the YotaPhone 1 and YotaPhone 2, hasn’t produced a smartphone since 2014. That’s about to change, however, as the company has introduced the YotaPhone 3 at the recently-held Russian-Chinese Expo event.
For a company coming back to smartphone production after such a long time, there must be unique on offer, and such touch of uniqueness isn’t missing in the YotaPhone 3 which features two different displays, one on the front and one, which is always on, at the rear.
YotaPhone 3 Specifications, Review and Highlights
Design & Display
The YotaPhone 3 has a normal 5.5-inch display which has a Full HD (1920 * 1080) pixel resolution and is made with AMOLED panels at the front. In addition to this, it possesses an always-on display which has full-touch control capabilities, is made with electronic paper display (EPD) technology and has a 5.2-inch screen size.
We don’t know much about the design language of the phone yet, but from its display specs, we know that it’s going to be a high-end smartphone, so it should have a metal unibody design.
Memory & Performance
The YotaPhone 3 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor which can clock speeds up to 2 GigaHertz, and its graphics operations are handled by an Adreno 506 GPU. The phone has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable internal storage.
It sports a 12MP camera with 4K video recording and a dual-tone LED flash at the rear, and a 13MP camera upfront to capture splendid selfie photos.
Battery & Connectivity
A 3200mAh battery provides running juice for the YotaPhone 3, allowing it to run for almost a full day on heavy usage. It has a USB Type-C port which aids charging as well as file transfer speed.
The smartphone comes with a hybrid dual Nano SIM slot which supports 4G LTE networks.
Software & Hardware
On the hardware side, the 3.5mm audio jack has been removed and audio streaming is now done over the USB Type-C port. We expect that it will feature a fingerprint sensor embedded in its physical home button below the display at the front.
The YotaPhone 3 runs on the latest version of the Android OS, Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
YotaPhone 3 Full Phone Specifications
|Status||Coming | Leaks/Rumours|
|2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz|
|SIM Type||Nano SIM|
|SIM Count||Hybrid SIM|
|2G||GPRS Up to 32 to 48 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps|
|3G||Up to 42.2 Mbps (HSDPA), 5.76 Mbps;(HSUPA)|
|4G||Up to 300/50 Mbps|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps|
|Web Browser||Yes, HTML5|
|Build||Metal Unibody Design.|
|Display Type||AMOLED (Front) | Electronic Paper Display (Rear)|
|Size||5.5 inches (Front) | 5.2 inches (Rear)|
|Resolution||1080 * 1920 pixels|
|4K Video recording|
|Yes, Dual-tone LED flash (Primary)|
|Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)|
|64-bit Snapdragon 625|
|Expandable (microSD) [hybrid]|
|Accelerometer, Proximity, Light, Fingerprint sensor, Hall sensor, Compass|
|Yes, Bluetooth v4.2|
|Bluetooth Profiles||A2DP, LE|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct|
|USB Type||Yes; USB Type-C|
|USB On-the Go (OTG)||Yes|
|GPS||Yes, GPS + A-GPS + GLONASS|
|SMS||Yes (threaded view)|
|Yes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP|
|Yes, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AC3, FLAC|
|Yes, 3GP, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player|
|Yes, 3.5mm Jack|
|– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
Availability and Price of Yotaphone 3 in the U.S., India & China
The YotaPhone 3 is rumoured to go on sale anytime between the end of September and the end of the year. The variant that comes with 64GB of internal memory will be sold for around $350 while the one which comes with 128GB will cost around $450.