The YotaPhone 2: E-Reader and Smartphone Rolled Into One

Posted on 22 December 2014 Tags: Android, Feature, Mobile Phones

Have you ever had to decide between buying an e-Reader or a smartphone due to limited budget? If you have, then you don’t need to worry about letting one go if you buy the other. The YotaPhone 2 is a curiously interesting phone that brings the functionality of a smartphone, and the easy-on-eye, battery saving benefit of an e-Reader both in one device.

Having a touch screen smartphone on the front and an e-ink screen on the back is definitely an engineering feat, one achieved last year when the YotaPhone was released, but the upgrade of the device, YotaPhone 2 has managed to increase the performance of the device and make it far more usable than its predecessor.
Previously, on the original concept, the use of the low power e-ink reader was limited, but now users can utilize the battery friendly screen in more ways than before. There’s nothing revolutionary about the design of the YotaPhone, it is simply a long pebble shaped device with soft round corners.

It is the guts of the device that manages to impress however. With a 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution LCD screen, it provides a good enough display for everyday use. The phone houses an 8-megapixel camera at the back, right on top of the e-ink display. The front has a 2-megapixel camera which is a necessity for selfie-crazed people and runs an older version of Android OS, KitKat.

The device runs a Quad-core processor at 2.3GHz, and is complemented by 2GB of RAM to make up the solid insides of the device. These specs are so good it makes one wonder how the engineers of the YotaPhone managed to cram such high-end specs and the 2500 mAh battery sandwiched between not one, but two displays. It offers storage space of 32GB internally which is more than what most companies offer in their top tier smartphones.

The YotaPhone may not have a mass market appeal till now, but its predecessor has definitely made a stir in the market with added features and improved functionality. It remains to be seen, however, if the concept will stand the test of time or will fade away into nothingness in a matter of months.

Photo courtesy: YotaPhone

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