YotaPhone 2 is working to completely change the way people receive smartphones. And, they’re doing a good job of creating the buzz around their unique concept. When the YotaPhone 1 came out many viewed it as a “cool” phone, but ultimately nothing that would really take off in the long term. As it turned out, a phone that was originally only for the Russian market – was soon in the works to be offered in European markets when the second version of the device was developed and now released.
The device features two screens and runs Android as its operating system. It has a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen, and on the back features an eInk display. The display will have the capability of completely mirroring what the traditional display would be displaying – when that screen is off. Another major improvement of this device is the fact that it saves so much power – and can even be used as a primary screen – even if apps don’t function perfectly on it. Ultimately, the goal is to create a mirrored experience on both sides of the device from the moment the device is on to the moment the device is shut off. That might be one of the most unique features of this smartphone, and combination of displays – as the back screen remains running even when the device itself runs out of power – or is shut off.
It requires so little energy that it’s really quite easy to achieve and shows just how much screen power really pulls from overall battery performance. For instance, an integrated reading app that is paired with this device allows for 100 hours of reading on a single charge. Both screens are covered in Gorilla Glass and will protect both screens from virtually everything – and the addition of eInk will mean that users will get to experience a display that doesn’t really seem to end.
The device itself was designed and colored such that it would blend right in with the eInk display, something that many within the company said was a ‘must’ with this device. The YotaPhone 2 will feature Android 4.4.4 KitKat, 32GB of internal memory, and an 8MP camera facing the back, and a 2MP camera facing the front. It’s rumored to have a Snapdragon 800 processor in the hopper, clocked at 2.2GHz, and having 2GB of RAM.
For those who are still not sure what to make of the YotaPhone 2, here are 7 quick facts to know about the device as the concept is sure to become much more mainstream as time goes on.
- The front screen will be a traditional screen, but the back screen which will be powered by the eInk display – will have the ability to mirror applications, show widgets, and read books. The back display will be 4.7-inches.
- The paper display will give the smartphone one of the best lifespans of any device on the market. 5 days as an e-reader and 2 days as a smartphone with the paper display.
- The device’s eInk display, or paper display will be very comparable to Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite. The resolution is similar between the two devices but is just slightly smaller since this is not a dedicated reader.
- This device is powerful as the specs above suggest. A Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.
- The YotaPhone 2 is slightly larger and heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S4 – but not dramatically larger.
- The device will start shipping on Wednesday in 20 countries in Europe and the Middle East – and it will cost anywhere between $869 and $871 respectively.
- The device will be in the United States in the first part of 2015.