SHAFAQNA – But the handset sporting two screens, up to 100 hours of reading time, and a library of Android apps will cost you a pretty penny. Consumers in 20 countries across Europe, Russia and the CIS, and the Middle East can order the next-generation YotaPhone 2 beginning on Thursday. Customers in the Yota Devices’s native Russia can pick one up for 32,990 rubles ($606). That’s the low end for the Yota 2 —EU buyers are looking at a €699 ($869) price tag, while those in the U.K. can expect to shell out £555 ($872). Pricing in other currencies is available in the YotaPhone online store.
Like its predecessor, the YotaPhone 2 boasts a traditional LCD display on one side, and an always-on, 4.7-inch e-ink screen on the other. Users can keep up with important notifications without having to swipe to unlock the phone, or spend up to 100 hours reading books, social networks, RSS feeds, blogs, and all other text via the battery-friendly e-ink display.
The phone’s 2,500mAh battery promises five days of reading and two days of basic smartphone functions on a single charge. The handset recognizes when it is running out of steam, and will automatically switch into YotaEnergy mode to increase battery life.
Russian manufacturer Yota Devices initially introduced its two-sided smartphone last December, first offering the Android-based device across Europe and the Middle East early this year.
The company has been working on its handsets for more than four years. The first YotaPhone prototype was shown in September 2010 to then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
“YotaPhone isn’t just a new phone, it’s a new way for people to communicate and use information. We are a startup company that had a big idea and we’ve executed on that idea,” CEO Vlad Martynov said last year.
The original YotaPhone remains available in black or white for only €399 ($495) or £319 ($500).
Its successor—which comes in black with a slightly larger, rounded screen—is available in Austria, Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K., among other areas.
Folks in London can visit the YotaPhone flagship store on Dray Walk to get the hands-on experience and purchase a new phone.
Take a closer look at the next-generation YotaPhone in the video above.
Source : pcmag.com