North American launch of YotaPhone 2 cancelled

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.

source: Indiegogo

Related phones

YotaPhone 2
  • Display 5.0" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh



1. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 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

4. djcody

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 17, 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 :)

5. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I absolutely agree sir!

9. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

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

7. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

That's why I said "Starting to make"

3. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

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

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

8. AndyYan

Posts: 84; Member since: Feb 10, 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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