A Russian smartphone that appeared in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing has been the talk of the town.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping a set of YotaPhone 2s, after holding an official meeting on Nov. 10. Putin's gesture can be interpreted as showing his pride in Russian-made smartphones.
The handset manufactured by Yota Devices is the world's first dual-screen smartphone with a 5-inch, 1920x1080 pixel AMOLED display on the front and a 4.7-inch, 960x540 pixel display made by E-Ink on the other side. It has a 2550 mAh battery, and NFC-based wireless charging is possible.
The industry is paying attention to the fact that Samsung Display's AMOLED display panels are used in the device.
Samsung Display produces 98 percent of AMOLED panels for smartphones in the world, but it has provided nearly all of its products to Samsung Electronics. Therefore, it has been virtually impossible to supply AMOLED screens to other smartphone makers.
However, the landscape is changing. As Samsung Electronics' smartphone business is not growing as expected due to fierce competition with Chinese companies, its demand for AMOLED panels is decreasing as well. The weight of Samsung Electronics has reportedly decreased to around 80 percent of Samsung Display's total supplies this year.
The fact that the YotaPhone 2 features Samsung Display's AMOLED screen can be interpreted to reflect the Korean LCD panel maker's efforts to diversify customers. The dual-screen smartphone is scheduled to be introduced to Russia in December and China in January of next year.