It feels like a year's passed since I laid eyes on the YotaPhone 2, but that’s because it was almost a year ago—nine months and eight days, exactly—that YotaPhone announced the second-generation YotaPhone 2 at Mobile World Congress. On Tuesday, the company finally announced when it's headed to the U.S.
YotaPhone told Sputnik news that the phone will make its way to Europe this month, with a worldwide release planned for early next year. That's a bit later than the final-quarter timeline offered earlier this year, but it's better than nothing.
For the uninitiated, the YotaPhone is a dual-sided Android phone with an 5-inch AMOLED display on one side and a 4.7-inch e-ink display on the other. It's powered by Android KitKat and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and it features 32GB of onboard storage and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.
The e-ink display doesn’t work with all applications, though it does work with the very essential ones—like Google Maps, for example, which tends to suck both battery life and data at the same time. At least with the e-ink display, you won’t have to worry about how much juice the turn-by-turn directions typically guzzle.
Why this matters: Competition in the Android sphere is heating up, and I’m not just referring to 64-bit processors and massively large screen resolutions. The YotaPhone 2 introduces a new kind of gadget category—one that could appeal to those who aren’t too interested in specifications or having the latest flagship on hand, but who still want some neat functionality.
An e-ink backside would especially benefit those prone to headaches from staring at a screen all day. It would also remove the need for carrying around an entirely separate e-reader. If the YotaPhone 2 is picked up by the right carrier here in the states, we could also start seeing more Android-powered two-in-one gadgets sprouting up.
No details on exactly what date to expect the YotaPhone 2 here in the States, but it's slated to cost around $650.