YotaPhone 2: An Android Smartphone With Two Displays
Expensive, but oh so cool.
The YotaPhone was inarguably one of the quirkiest smartphones released last year, with not one, but two displays. This curious marriage of LCD and E Ink was certainly a manufacturing achievement, but limited uses for the secondary screen meant it simply couldn’t live up to its potential. Yota Devices announced earlier this year it was cooking up a sequel, and today it’s ready to launch the new and improved YotaPhone 2. Its fresh design, high-end specs and bigger, higher-resolution displays are welcome upgrades, but most importantly, a thorough overhaul of the handset’s software means you can now make full use of the low-power E Ink screen, which has also been granted touch functionality for this generation.
The YotaPhone 2 includes a conventional 5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen along with a 4.7-inch always-on electronic paper display; it’s unclear whether the second screen is using E Ink or some other technology. As for other specs, there’s a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 2500mAh battery, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The YotaPhone 2 will cost £555 (about $872) and be available for purchase at a pop-up store in London starting tomorrow. Outside of the UK, the phone will be available direct from YotaPhone in 20 European countries and the Middle East for a cost €700. US availability is expected for 2015.