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.