YotaPhone 2 with Secondary 4.7-inch E-Ink Screen Launched for 699 Euros

by Chetan Bhawani 11

YotaPhone 2

Yota Devices has launched their second gen. YotaPhone smartphone, the YotaPhone 2 with the standard two-screen combination, where the front screen hosts a 5-inch AMOLED display while the one on the back has a 4.7-inch E-ink display. The smartphone was officially launched at an event in London, and Yota Devices has priced this one at 699 Euros, quite a hefty price tag for what is being included keeping the secondary display aside. The smartphone was announced back in MWC 2014.

The YotaPhone 2 sets the standards apart with the E-ink display, but the device doesn’t come with much compromises. The two displays include a 5-inch front 1080p AMOLED display and the rear 4.7-inch EPD touch screen with qHD (960 x 540 pixels) resolution. The rear display is always-on and the electronic paper display offers about 50 hours of battery life on continuous reading.

What powers the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The phone has a 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and it can record 1080p videos, while there is a 2-megapixel front-facing camera included as well. The YotaPhone 2 has a 2550 mAh battery with the wireless charging capability.

It is running Android KitKat, and Yota Devices is launching this in about 20 countries in Europe, Middle East and CIS. There is no announcement about the availability in other markets including India, except for Hong Kong where it will go on sale before the end of December and China, Taiwan where it would be available during the first quarter of 2015.

All being said, the pricing is not the interesting part though the device itself isn’t something that would attract every buyer around. We’ll update as and when the smartphone will get launched in the other markets. The first-gen YotaPhone was just recently launched to a low response in India, thus the YotaPhone 2 might not show its entry anytime soon in India.

Chetan Bhawani

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  • Great information post , Superb ,

  • Shashank Chourey

    Good to know that the rear display is now a capacitive touchscreen. Yota has sigificantely improved their hardware with a better snapdragon 800 chipset. And now have a full-HD display. And I’m glad that they have repositioned their camera. Earlier the placing of camera was really odd. Price is still pretty huge, though. You could get a Note 4 for that price. The EPD display has a huge advantage when it comes to dynamic notifications. No need to turn the main display on to see and interact with the notifications. I own a kindle paperwhite, and the EPD is extremely useful for avid readers like me. You just cannot read a book for over half an hour on an AMOLED display. It really causes so much strain in your eyes.

    • Android

      The e ink display is great but does it really cost that much!! The phone without the E ink display may only be worth 300$ but with the E ink is it way too expensive. For this phone you could get Samsung Flagship phone which is a million times better than this phone minus the e ink display. Leaves me thinking is the Yota phone really worth it?

      • Shashank Chourey

        Yeah.. that’s why I’ve mentioned, one could get a Note 4 for that price. Yes, cost is pretty hefty, indeed.

        • Definitely feel if one was given the option between the two they would surely look to the note 4 or anything else in fact. This is a big problem for Yota, their Dual display innovation has a risk of not garnering enough interest. I would definitely cut the price to get their technology into consumers hands so they can be familiarized with it and form a trusted foundation of core users.

  • thebrain

    E-link technology, should be better emphasized. The benefits for the battery life are real. Personally, I think this is an innovative technology and that will be necessary in a few years. The specs are very good, although I find that for $ 699 we find much better on this side of the market, but I think the interest is mainly in the use of the E-link screen. Anyway, good Yota Initiative.

    • Android

      Yeah i agree with you. The ink display is great and everything and really makes sense but does 699 really the price of the phone. Yota has done a great job with their phone but they overvalued the innovation in their phone alot. If this phone was 350-550$ then it would be great but even with that price range it is still very doubtfull if the phone really lives up to the expectations

  • All I can focus on is the price. I think about how high it is and the specs offered for it. I think about what the price would be if there were no secondary display and how it would be much more affordable. And after that it makes me wonder if the srcond art display-which is great technology-is even a necessary thing to have on a device these days. I Didn’t like the look of the first yota phone this one is a bit better.We’ll Stoll have to see if its worth the price tag.

  • Shanky Yadav

    Yup this phone got everything and with a new innovation which is in for get unforgettable that is dual screen on front and back all back screen is not that much usable the price it offers is good for a new starting but I am sure after its second generation the price will surely cut off . the specs are too good pixels on a 4inch screen will come out.

    • Even with a higher pixel density, the size can definitely provide a cramped keyboard experience. I know that’s certainlg the case for me with screen s smaller than 4 inches which is the case for my phone. Bug with a 5 inc and 4.7 inch display there certainly won’t be a problem

  • Android

    So the phone is a great piece of innovation but the price is knocking off too many people. The Yota phone is amazing in terms of innovation but in terms of specs and it is a pretty good and decent phone but for 699 euros that is mighty expensive and not a good trade off. YEs it might be the most inspring innovations of the year and in the future the phones might be like this but for the price many people will pass and wait until a big phone company like Apple or Samsung will do this. This is a feature phone by Yota but they should not expect high sales and to be honest they will get very low sales for this. A lower price for this phone would be better