YotaPhone 2 arriving this week, dual-screen action for £550

YotaPhone 2 arriving this week, dual-screen action for £550We probably liked the first-generation YotaPhone in theory more than we did in practice, but credit to the Russians for at least trying something different.

Putin’s (presumably) favourite smartphone manufacturer is back at it again with the logically named YotaPhone 2, its second attempt at the dual-screen thing, and it’s touching down this week. Got a spare £550?

The YotaPhone 2 is described as “The phone with two fronts”. More specifically, it’s an AMOLED display on the actual front (y'know, the main display) and an e-ink screen on the back.

Even more specifically, the front panel is 5in 1080p, while the rear measures 4.7in – both protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

The major change over the first-gen YotaPhone is a full touch e-ink display, the former chap having a touch strip below the rear screen only. Now you can access the full Android UI from the back, too.

Further YotaPhone 2 specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, 4G LTE connectivity, and 8MP/2.1MP cameras.

The obvious downsides with the YotaPhone 2 are the lack of microSD for external storage, and the fact that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is now a few generations old.

If you still fancy it, you can grab the YotaPhone 2 for €699 – that’s roughly £550 in our money, which immediately puts “The phone with two fronts” on a price par with the iPhone 6, eek.

Anyone out there try the first YotaPhone and/or fancy the YotaPhone 2? Or are we looking at another overpriced gimmick? Feel free to write things below.

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 4, 2014 at 15:31

I very nearly bought the 1st Yota phone, but I read way too much about shoddy warranty support, poor software support (drivers and such) - and so on... Maybe I take a Russian course, and then order a Yota 2? Hmmm....
Anyway - this and the Note 4 at least try to offer something different, something 'extra'... So: thumbs up.
Crazy price, though.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 4, 2014 at 15:33

Oh, PS: the rounded edges will make it difficult to fit some sort of bumper/case, no? Gorilla Glass or not - it will need protection.


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