This innovative phone was conceived by Russian company Yota, and delivered by a subsidiary, Yota Devices. It had a dual-screen design with a standard LCD touchscreen on one side and an e-paper display on the other side. This meant users could read or capture information on this secondary screen without draining the battery.
At the time it was considered highly innovative in a world of homogeneous smartphones. The e-Ink screen delivered significantly more use cases beyond just being an e-reader, particularly the ability to take a screen grab of an important email, map, ticket, boarding pass contact card or something else before the battery went flat on the phone. This meant a user still had that information available on the e-lnk screen.
This was the first in a series of Yotaphone devices. Two further products were shipped, Yotaphone 2 and Yotaphone 3, but sadly the company eventually went bankrupt in April 2019 as a result of a lawsuit with the manufacturing company that made Yotaphone 1 and 2.
In November 2016, the Financial Times reported
that the first two Yotaphone devices had sold 70,000 units.
The model number of the Yotaphone in the Mobile Phone Museum collection is C6990 Black.