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North American launch of YotaPhone 2 cancelled

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North American launch of YotaPhone 2 cancelled
The launch of the dual-screened YotaPhone 2 in North America has been cancelled. The company said in a letter to those who backed the device on crowd-funding site Indiegogo, that there were delays in receiving the North American variant of the phone from the manufacturer. That is what led Yota Devices to 86 the launch of the handset in the continent.

Last week, the CEO of Yota Devices met with the supplier to see if something could be worked out at the last minute in order to save the launch. But no solution would be able to get the phones into North America without forcing Yota to change its 2016 roadmap. Indiegogo supporters of the device would end up being stuck with a model of the YotaPhone one generation behind international owners.

To make up for the cancelled launch in North America, those living in the region who funded the device can accept delivery of the international version of the YotaPhone 2 (YD201) in Black only. While the phone will work with GSM carriers T-Mobile and AT&T in the U.S., it won't support 4G LTE connectivity. It will work with HSPA+ bands. If you don't want the international version of the phone, you can request a refund. While Yota Devices is working on how it will handle the refund process, the company has said that it will not refund credit cards and wants to send out reimbursements directly to those who funded the YotaPhone 2.

According to Matthew Kelly, who works with Yota, bringing in a new supplier means that the company still has big plans to deliver a YotaPhone in the Americas in 2016. Back in January, there was talk that the YotaPhone2 would be offered by a U.S. carrier this year, which is obviously something that will not happen in 2015. The device is equipped with two displays. One is a 5-inch AMOLED screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution display. The second display on back is a 5-inch e-ink screen with a 540 x 960 resolution. A Snapdragon 800 chipset is under the hood, with a quad-core CPU and the Adreno 330 GPU. 2GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of non-expandable storage. A 2550 mAh battery keeps both screens lit. An 8MP camera adorns the front of the unit, and a 2MP snapper graces the front of the handset. Android 4.4.3 is pre-installed.

The good news is that, as a result of our growth, we are bringing on a new manufacturing partner who can support the scalability we need in order to quickly bring YotaPhone to various regions around the world, including North America. This includes delivering a new generation YotaPhone with the latest specs and technologies, but also at a lower cost, to allow us to offer better value to our customers in 2016. We hope that you'll stay patient with us long enough so that we can deliver on this."-Matthew Kelly, Yota Devices

source: Indiegogo

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posted on 31 Jul 2015, 17:31 2

1. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Wow... I liked the concept of the device, but this is absolutely atrocious customer fulfillment. I guess this is the risk you take when backing an unknown, but still, this is terrible.

posted on 31 Jul 2015, 18:02 2

2. legiloca (Posts: 1460; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)

people would find it odd for its build & its approach and 'obsolete' for it packs the SD801 when everybody else is starting to make SD820

posted on 31 Jul 2015, 21:30 1

4. djcody (Posts: 146; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)

no one yet made phone with sd820!!! second why you need 820 in 1080p screen and 8mp camera, 801 is more than enough for that type of phone period :)

posted on 31 Jul 2015, 21:35

5. Pattyface (Posts: 1646; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

I absolutely agree sir!

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 14:20

9. bokimaricu (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)

agreed, for this phone 810 would just be a battery sucker.

posted on 01 Aug 2015, 18:08

7. legiloca (Posts: 1460; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)

That's why I said "Starting to make"

posted on 31 Jul 2015, 18:24 2

3. Pattyface (Posts: 1646; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

Like it would have made all that much here in the US.

posted on 01 Aug 2015, 16:32

6. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I was really interested in this. I like original ideas. This was a neat concept.

I would still be interested in an updated version of this in 2016.

posted on 02 Aug 2015, 01:23 1

8. AndyYan (Posts: 73; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)

Poor Yota. This is the kind of innovation that should be pushed around the globe for more people to see and to decide whether it's the next big thing.

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