The YotaPhone is a dual-screen smartphone from Russian manufacturer Yota Devices and the firm has launched a new generation. Here's everything you need to know about the YotaPhone 2 including release date, price and specifications UK. Updated 13/5/15 with new price drop, white model and Android Lollipop. See also: Best smartphones 2014.
If you haven't heard of it, the YotaPhone is an innovative smartphone which has not one, but two screens. On the front is a regular AMOLED display and on the back is an e-ink display which we're used to seeing on eReaders. The original YotaPhone was a bit of an unattractive brick and never launched properly in the UK but you'll want to take a look at the YotaPhone 2. We saw the YotaPhone 2 back in March at MWC 2014 and you can read our hands-on review.
"The typical user picks up and activates their smartphone more than 150 times a day. Why? Because users worry that messages or information they need or want are hidden behind their phone’s black screen," said Vlad Martynov, chief executive of Yota Devices.
"Yota Devices proved that there is an antidote to the always-dark smartphone screen. The future of smartphones is always-on displays allowing users real-time access to information without turning off the real world and disrupting the people around you."
YotaPhone 2: Release date and price in the UK
YotaPhone launched the YotaPhone 2 at an event in London on 3 December and it's now available to buy from the firm's website. It will also be available from selected retailers including Clove which will have it on 15 December. The YotaPhone 2 is officially £555 which puts it at the top end of the market - even more expensive than the iPhone 6. Well, it does have two screens.
Update: The YotaPhone 2 has received a price drop (May 2015) down to £440 and is now available in a white model. The firm has also said an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop (for new and old devices) will bring better performance, responsiveness and improvements to the camera. New widgets for the e-ink screen include Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
YotaPhone 2 specifications
The main reason(s) to go for this phone are the two screen. The front is bigger than its predecessor at 5in, it's AMOLED and uses a Full HD resolution. The e-paper display on the back is slightly smaller at 4.7in and is always on. It has a resolution of 540 x 960 (qHD). Both screens have a Gorilla Glass 3 front.
The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat and core specs include a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. It also has an 8 Mp rear camera and a 2.1 Mp front camera. As mentioned above, the firm's update to Android Lollipop brings better performance and improvements to the camera.
On the wireless front is 11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, A-GPS and 4G LTE via a nano-SIM slot. The battery is 2500mAh and the YotaPhone 2 has wireless charging built in.