Chinese President Xi Jinping was presented with a snazzy, dual-screen smart phone by his Russian counterpart/party pal forever Vladimir Putin yesterday as APEC kicked off in Beijing. The phone, the world’s first-ever dual-screen smart phone, mind you, was also personalized with a special Russia-Sino APEC background, Russian media said. So meeting up with Xi after that little stunt was probably where Shinzo Abe first went wrong.
To be more precise, Putin gave Xi two sets of the made-in-Russia YotaPhone 2.
This marked the 10th meeting between Putin and Xi since the Chinese president took office, according to People’s Daily, so the phones were seemingly something of an anniversary gift.
The gift exchange followed an official meeting between Xi and Putin, wherein the latter signed a number deals with China regarding natural gas and petroleum, among other issues.
“Do we have partnership in this project as well?” Xi Jinping reportedly asked Putin upon receiving the gift, to which the Russian leader replied: “Will do!”
The special edition of the smartphone includes a data protection system, developed by Russian engineers, which makes the phone “unique” in regard of safety levels, Rostec, which has shares in YotaPhone project, said in a news release. […]
The second generation of the smartphone, YotaPhone 2, was first unveiled to the public earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As its first edition, the Russian-invented device boasts world’s first dual-screen, with one of its displays based on electronic paper technology – always-on, even with a drained battery.
The smart phones will be available to purchase in Russia next month at a cool 14,000 rubles (300 USD).