YotaPhone 3 will be released in two versions, with a new design and a more capacious battery
YotaPhone 3 may be released in two versions, which can be divided into a YotaPhone 3 with the standard display, the YotaPhone 3 Plus — large screen. On Friday Izvestia reports with reference to informed sources. “Russian iPhone” with such characteristics could emerge at the end of 2015, but the release was shelved due to search Chinese shareholder partner for the release of the smartphone.
It was planned that the YotaPhone 3 will be released in two different formats, by analogy with the iPhone, which opens onto a large (labelled Plus and standard. The standard YotaPhone 3 the front screen 5 inches (the iPhone 7 at 4.7 inches, the YotaPhone 2 — 5 inches) and the screen with electronic ink — 4.7 inch. The cost for the end consumer was supposed to be $350-400 (23-26 thousand rubles). The large YotaPhone 3 front screen — 5.7 inch (iPhone 7 Plus — 5.5 inch), the second screen with black and white ink — 5.5 inches. The cost of this model $450-500 (29-32 thousand rubles) for the end user.
Will be different and appearance. If the screen YotaPhone 2 with e ink was curved, but now the phone is completely flat. This is because the curved display is much more expensive than conventional and relatively poor working at the bend.
“From the perspective of iron filling the third generation of mobile needs to be embedded in much longer battery life, one of the best on the market on the camera and a complete set of communication interfaces, — said Alexander Pisarev. — Special attention was paid to the preparation of the smartphone for working with system data encryption (data protection), use various payment services and contactless payment system”.
Were the revised concept of phone usage. With YotaPhone 2, the experiment was conducted, where the users themselves had to say them easier and more fun. Team Yota Devices was looking at a variety of scenarios using the phone with two screens, without giving preference to any group of users. When you create a YotaPhone 3 the emphasis began to shift in favor of business users.
“In the third generation phone more attention has been paid to the people who need to constantly have a variety of information at hand, explained Alexander Pisarev. — Also started the revision of the concept of management of a multi-screen interface optimized solution architecture and many other technologies that underlie dual-screen phone. As a result, users had to optimized for ease-of-use interface with many new applications to the first and second screens are helping to solve user problems for the management of their working day, travel, tasks and events and many other aspects of their lives.
The phone was supposed to go on sale in the summer of 2016. However, Chinese shareholders wanted confidence in sales and have long thought that this can be done. At this time they froze the release of YotaPhone 3. They needed a local strategic partner that would assume all risks associated with the sale of phones and their further development in China market, which is a priority for them. In the end, for the production of mobile devices with two screens in China, China Baoli decided to do a joint venture with Chinese company CoolPad Group Limited. From China Baoli — a 51% joint venture, CoolPad — 49%.
“Now it makes no sense to release with those specifications that were made, — told a source close to the company Yota Devices. Phones tend to become obsolete within 3-4 months. If you go with a smartphone, you should be ready for a certain launch window. If not out in the launch window, out competitors, and then to market new processors, new features for the components that affect the ability to sell. We have a window was the summer of 2016. Due to the fact that the Chinese began to look for new partners, the launch window missed, so they have to redo all the specifications and functionality”.
What about YotaPhone 3, when it will appear on the market and what it will have specs, now is not clear. Pisarev confident that if the company now starts to work on its release, the willingness to mass production will be reached not earlier than the beginning of the summer of 2017.