YotaPhone 2 is probably one of the most unconventional releases in terms of mobile phone technology you have seen so far. At first look, you won’t notice anything out of the ordinary with the 5” display phone. The surprise happens when you turn the device around to find a second, E-Ink display greeting you from the back of the YotaPhone 2.
The curiously-designed phone has already been released in the United Kingdom on Wednesday and is scheduled to make its way to 20 European countries by January, Asian customers getting their chance to pick it up themselves by the spring of 2015. The Americas can expect some attention from the distributor somewhere in Q2 of 2015 as well.
This little piece of innovative technology has been developed by the Russian company known as Yota Devices but it only comes as a sequel to the original YotaPhone. Although the idea has not been experienced with by any other mobile device developer so far, it is not new – having been used in the original version of the phone. But reception for the original YotaPhone was shadowed by the bugs users claimed the device had and rough-exterior feeling its design gave off.
Yota Devices decided to show loyalty and appreciation to its supporters and show amazing progress with the revamp of the original YotaPhone idea. The new version is bigger, with a fresh, smoother design, the phone’s hardware features highly competitive with other big names on the market, and the secondary display, sporting electronic-paper – also known as E-Ink – has also received much more attention.
Hardware-wise, the YotaPhone 2 is a huge leap from its predecessor. With a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM memory, up to 32 GB of storage, 5” 1080 AMOLED front display, and the 4.7” E-Ink back display along with an 8 megapixel camera, the Russian smartphone comes very close to recent Samsung releases. The secondary display can act as both an e-reader, just like the famous Kindle platform, and a regular smartphone display as well. This time around, it has integrated capacitive touch across the entire screen and even though it may not be your super vibrant, super colorful AMOLED screen, the integrated battery can keep it going for 2 days on smartphone duty, and up to 5 days on e-reader function. Furthermore, in spite of key features being shut down when the battery runs out, your most vital information will get transferred to the secondary screen until you find your way to a charger.
The price that this nifty smartphone has been set at a less-than-modest 700 Euro, which is the equivalent of about $870.
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