The new YotaPhone 2 makes for a welcome addition to the smartphone market. With its dual-display technology (a 5″ OLED display on one side and a 4.7″ e-ink display on the other), the YotaPhone is one of the more unique phones available to date. The physical design of this smartphone is phenomenal. Having a low-energy e-ink display on the back allows for extended battery life and usage time. With normal usage, the phone’s battery lasts about a day. Using the e-ink display, that time can be stretched to about three days.
The YotaPhone somewhat resembles the old Palm Pre. It’s thicker than many top-tier smartphones but this is undoubtedly because of the secondary display on the back. The extra weight makes the phone feel more secure and well-built in the hand. The matte finish on the back is intended to give you a glare-free, easy-to-read surface for the e-ink display. When the e-ink display is showing nothing but black, it blends right in with the black matte finish.
The YotaPhone 2 runs version 4.4.2 of Android and should receive a Lollipop update eventually. Even without Android 5.0, you’ll be running a version of Android that is essentially stock and works well with the top-notch processor and hardware included in the device.
The main selling point for this smartphone is mostly the addition of its e-ink display. Users can program the e-ink screen to display images, notifications, or content from social media. The Selfie app allows you to use the high quality 8-megapixel rear camera to snap a few pictures of yourself while seeing how you look on the e-ink display. Some people even suggest using the e-ink display while playing GPS instructions to conserve battery life. Due to the e-ink display, this phone is a great match for anyone who loves to read and doesn’t want to carry an additional Nook or Kindle with them everywhere they go.
YotaPhone 2’s main flaw right now is its consumer availability. In America, the phone currently has to be ordered unlocked at around $850. Fortunately, it sounds like the phone may be brought to the USA through a main service provider in the near future. At the time of writing, there is no official launch date.
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