YotaPhone's Improved Dual-Screen Smartphone Goes On Sale
Updated: updated article to reflect phone was already announced.
YotaPhone today announced the availability of the YotaPhone 2, a smartphone that has a traditional display on one side and an e-ink display on the other. The YotaPhone 2, which was first revealed in February of this year, is meant to help people access and read content while preserving battery life. The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat on the main screen and a slimmed down UI on the e-ink screen that lets users scan their email, check the weather, read text messages, check the news, and read e-books. The e-ink display measures 4.7 inches and boasts 48 hours of reading time. The YotaPhone 2 is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It includes an 8-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel user-facing camera. It supports select LTE 4G networks and goes on sale this week in Russia and the U.K. for approximately $870. According to YotaPhone, it may be made available in the U.S. next year.
This quirky Android smartphone has two screens, one on front and one on back. The second uses e-ink to help conserve battery life.
Yota announced a second-generation Android smartphone that has an e-ink display on one side and a regular screen on the other. Here are a few thoughts about Yota's unique handset.
Feb 24, 2014
Yota Devices today announced its next-generation YotaPhone. Like its first phone, the new model has one regular display plus a large e-paper display on the back.
May 13, 2015
YotaPhone today made available a white version of the YotaPhone 2 handset. The white version of the phone, announced earlier this year, ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop and revised user interface elements for the e-ink display.
May 19, 2015
YotaPhone today initiated an Indiegogo campaign for the YotaPhone 2. The company said earlier this year it intended to bring the YotaPhone 2 to certain markets via the crowd-funding site, and today it made good on its word.
Now in that price range I might buy one especially if the battery lasted a long time, even make that a primary feature. But I would never pay flagship smartphone prices for this questionable companies product and warranty and I imagine most of their other potential market base won't either.
Might as well work on their third gen model and launch that instead next year.