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Dual-screen YotaPhone 2 packs a 5” 1080p screen up front and… e-ink display on the back

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Dual-screen YotaPhone 2 packs a 5” 1080p screen up front and… e-ink display on the back

The YotaPhone brought an interesting new idea - instead of having a useless plastic back cover, why not replace a smartphone’s rear side with an e-ink display? The first YotaPhone materialized it late last year, but it was lacking in specs and the e-ink screen was not touch enabled and thus - it was not fully functional. Luckily, Yota Devices, the Russian company making the phone is devoted to polish and perfect the idea, and it already has a working prototype of the second-gen YotaPhone that fixes a lot of the issues with the first one.

Dual-screen YotaPhone 2 packs a 5” 1080p screen up front and… e-ink display on the back
First and foremost, the YotaPhone 2 adds a full-fledged touch-enabled e-ink display on the back and it completely rethinks the clunky original design. With a slight curvature around the screen, it looks as if it was taken out of a concept video with a pebble-like futuristic look.

“Now you can not only get the information you need and see it but you can interact with one touch, and you can respond to messages. Or email. Or you can accept a meeting invitation. The whole user experience with the backside of the phone becomes much better – this is full touch so you can swipe, you can up and down, it’s basically much more intuitive,” Yota Device CEO Vladislav Martynov said.

Best of all, if you choose to use just the rear display, you should expect to squeeze 58-68 hours out of the battery which is a full three days off the charger, according to Yota Devices. Impressive.

In terms of specs, the YotaPhone 2 does not hide any of its future internals - it will ship with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display up front and a 4.7” 540 x 960-pixel e-ink on the back, an 8-megapixel camera, and the ‘latest’ Android version. It will support 4G LTE connectivity as well.

Dual-screen YotaPhone 2 packs a 5” 1080p screen up front and… e-ink display on the back

The new YotaPhone does not have an official price tag yet, but Martynov said that it will be priced 10 to 15% lower than flagship devices at the time of the launch. The company is also taking care of existing YotaPhone 1st gen owners, who will get a big discount if they trade in their old device.

Best of all, Yota Devices is aiming for an international roll-out this time and it will try and bring the YotaPhone 2 to the United States and China. Additional 20 markets in the EMEA region will get it by the end of 2014.

source: Engadget

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:45 2

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Surprisingly good specs! But the design is.. Umm.. A bit unfinished looking to me.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:36 3

16. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

better than the samsung s5

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:47 6

2. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

I like their idea.. why to waste the back? quite innovating.... I hope they will be successful

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:50 2

3. UglyFrank (Posts: 1930; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

Like a good looking galaxy nexus

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:54 1

4. Nokia1100user (Posts: 19; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

OS: latest version of android.
As an s4 owner, are they talking about jellybean?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:06 6

9. hassoups (Posts: 473; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)

S4 is already on KitKat.. Yeah you sure do sound like an s4 owner

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:58

5. seanwhat (Posts: 302; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Well done, this looks decent.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:01

6. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:05 2

7. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 261; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)

This what I call "innovation". :)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:05 1

8. mobi_user (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)

Really a interesting phone after a long time.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:09

10. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

def something new in a while :D

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:11

11. mmmanuuu (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)

Looks yummy. Great idea. But wi it be available in the local market?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:30

12. SleepingOz (unregistered)

I like the concept. I like the design. Bring it on!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:31

13. dmakun (Posts: 332; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)

Brilliant. This is very innovative. Samsung pls don't confirm the S5 images i've seen here earlier. I would be genuinely disappointed. There was absolutely nothing new about that device and i don't care for the silly figer print nonsense thats strangely popular since apple came out with the 5s.

Well, I wont throw in the towel just yet. I'll wait to get the official reveal of the S5

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:18

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 24444; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Not bad at all.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:38

15. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

If this was a rumor, I wouldn't have believed it. It's just too awesome.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:22

17. maulgandhi (unregistered)

So far this phone has won my heart. Beautiful piece of design and technology. It is better than S5, Z2 and other phones release this week. Will have to wait for HTC and Google to release new flagship device. Hoping to see good devices in coming months

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:42

18. cripton805 (Posts: 1484; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

I love the way this looks in white!!! I cant wait if they slim it down. I can have my phone face down and see the notifications when they pop up.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 17:06

19. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)

ok interesting concept not so sure im a big fan of the e-ink thing in black n white seems like ur going backwards with that but whatever thats just me....onto a more pressing matter....how the heck do u buy a case for this thing?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 18:19

20. hgvenom (Posts: 9; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

now, this is innovation... what's really new with the S5 or Z2 (at least is a peace of jewellery from sony)..? . personally, I don't really need a color screen to read a pdf doc or a email or whassapp message, and if there's a image i would just turn the other side of the screen... i'm curios about how it'll work... I think it'll will be cool a situation where a I'm reading a whassapp message and an image comes in, and to see it in full color I would just flip the other side of the phone... does the e-ink screen work to show image while your taking selfies using the big camera at the back (in case this is possible, I believe the front-facing camera still needed for video-calls)? .
If the camera result to be of good quality (which I fear it isn't), this phone would rock for me.
This is innovation.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 10:45

21. Phonecall01 (unregistered)

In 2014 this is the kind of innovations we should start seeing instead of minor upgrades and bigger screens. Like Motorola did last year with the X. Not huge innovation...but different.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 23:11 1

22. sicofante (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Make it a mini. Hate huge phones.

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