YotaPhoneEditor: Andrew Martonik
YotaPhone is the series of devices from Russian smartphone maker Yota, which unveiled its first phone to the world in early 2013. The main claim to fame for the YotaPhone was its dual screen design, which used a traditional LCD panel on the front of the phone for most actions and a power-saving e-ink display on the back of the phone for simpler tasks like notifications and reading. Hoping to hit the balance between the response times and colors of LCD with the power savings and convenience of e-ink, the first YotaPhone was an interesting first attempt.
At a global launch event in London, the YotaPhone 2 was announced on December 3, 2014. This second iteration takes the idea of the original YotaPhone and improves across the board, with a new 1080p AMOLED display on the front of the device flanked by the now-standard e-ink panel on the back. Yota claims that the YotaPhone 2 can last up to three times longer on a charge than other Android phones provided people use the e-ink display for tasks that don't require the full AMOLED panel.
On the inside you'll find very traditional phone specs, with a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, as well as an 8MP camera. Naturally LTE is on-board, as is NFC. The YotaPhone 2 comes in at just 8.9mm thick and weighs only 145 grams despite having two panes of Gorilla Glass covering the screens.
The YotaPhone 2 is a very interesting device, to say the least, but you'll be paying for it. It is on sale in the U.K. for a brisk £555, and the rest of Europe is facing a price of 700€. Yota says that the YotaPhone 2 will come to the U.S. in 2015.