Remember YotaPhone? It’s a lesser known Russian brand that produces smartphones with dual-displays. We’re not talking about the tiny secondary ticker screens found on the LG V20 or HTC U Ultra but full displays at the back which is always-on while using very little power.
If you like the idea of having a secondary e-ink display on a smart phone, the YotaPhone is now more affordable with its recent price slash. Initially launched at RM1,699, the dual-screen device can be yours at only RM999.
To recap on the specs, the front face gets a 4.3″ IPS display that does HD 720p resolution while the back gets a similar sized E-ink display that pushes 640×360 reslution. Unlike the 2nd generation YotaPhone, the E-ink display isn’t touch enabled and you would need to use its trackpad underneath to navigate your way around.
If you love reading especially on an E-ink screen, the next generation YotaPhone 2 is coming to Malaysia. Last week, it was launched in Europe and now it has already passed certification in our local SIRIM database.
To recap on the specs, the YotaPhone 2 has a higher spec internals compared to its first generation YotaPhone. The front gets a 5″ Full HD display while the back has a 4.7″ E-Ink display that sips very little power. Underneath it runs on a 2.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor that’s mated to 2GB of RAM and has 32GB of storage. It also has 8MP + 2MP cameras, 2,500mAh battery and support for 4G LTE and NFC.
The earlier YotaPhone model was launched in Malaysia at RM1,699 and now you can get it for RM1,299. For the new version, do expect to pay a premium as it is currently priced close to RM3,000 in Europe.
If you’re curious to see how does the YotaPhone 2 dual-screen work, check out our hands-on with the YotaPhone 2 after the break.
The YotaPhone 2, which is the sequel of the recently launched YotaPhone is now official in Europe. The 2nd generation device gets a number of new upgrades including a faster Snapdragon 800 processor and a larger 4.7″ e-ink display which is now touch enabled.
Like the current YotaPhone, do expect to pay more than your average smart phone. The new YotaPhone 2 is priced at 555 Pounds/700 Euro which is about RM2,969. As comparison, the first generation YotaPhone was priced at 499 Euro (about RM2117) and it is now available locally at RM1,699.
The YotaPhone is an interesting proposition with a typical smart phone on one side and an e-reader screen on the other. The newer YotaPhone 2 which was shown at MWC 2014 will be finally launched in London next month on 3rd December.
The YotaPhone 2 gets better specs which includes a 5″ Full HD AMOLED display and it runs on a higher-spec Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor. Meanwhile the e-ink screen on the back is now touch enabled and it is larger too at 4.7″. Since it is almost a year since we last saw it, hopefully Yota Devices would update the device with newer hardware. You can check out our hands-on with the YotaPhone 2 over here.
In Malaysia, we recently have gotten the first gen YotaPhone which is priced at RM1,699. Not sure how long will it take for our local distributors to bring the YotaPhone 2 to our shores.
Innovation for smart phones seem to have slowed down and most devices these days are looking very much the same. If you’re looking for something more radical, the YotaPhone that comes with two displays has finally arrived in Malaysia.
On one side, you get your typical screen which is a 4.3-incher that does HD 720p resolution. The killer feature is on the back where you’ll find an always on 4.3″ e-ink display which works like a Kindle. The benefits of having such display is its power efficiency and better visibility under outdoor sunlight. It basically uses no power at all unless the screen is being refreshed, which is very practical for reading, displaying passes, maps and static images.
For now, they are bringing their first generation YotaPhone instead of the latest next generation YotaPhone that was introduced during MWC 2014. Fortunately Yota Devices have given it an upgrade and instead of dated Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, they have refreshed it with a newer Snapdragon 400 unit. The YotaPhone will be priced at RM1,699 and it is available for pre-order today at Globalline. For today only, those who pre-order will get a 4D/3N holiday package to Bali or you can get it standalone for RM1,399.
UPDATE: To get it for RM1,399, enter the promo code “dualscreen”.
UPDATE: The dual-screen YotaPhone is officially launched in Malaysia at RM1,699.
Remember the YotaPhone? If you don’t, allow us jog your memory. When it comes to smartphones, the YotaPhone is unique in that it comes with two displays — on one side, you get your standard AMOLED screen while on the other side, is an E-Ink display similar to the ones you typically see on an eReader. The idea is for you to use the E-Ink screen for reading and other applications with an always on screen allowing you to save battery by not using the AMOLED display.
We took a look at the YotaPhone 2 that was announced earlier this year at Mobile World Congress and was rather impressed with the unique dual-screen device. The YotaPhone 2 features a full HD 1080p 5-inch AMOLED display and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with a Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor. There’s NFC and 4G LTE connectivity as well. Over at the back, there’s a 4.7-inch touch-enabled E-Ink display that’s clear, sharp and easy to read but as with displays using E-Ink technology, refresh rate is slow, so don’t expect to be able to watch videos with the secondary display.
In any case, Yota is not a recognised brand outside of Europe but the company is planning to expand and will be launching in Malaysia this week. It’ll be interesting to see how Yota will fair against the more established makes as well as the hyper-competitive Chinese brands as well.
We will be at the Yota launch event to give you the latest on prices and availability so stay tuned to get the latest.
When it comes to fresh ideas for the future smart phones, we’ve seen manufacturers putting dual-cameras, dual-speakers and dual-displays. Some are merely a innovation gimmick and there are those that offer real life benefits to users. Yota Devices, a Russian manufacturer has introduced its YotaPhone concept that comes with unique twin display. Their first generation YotaPhone which is available in Europe for 499 Euros (about RM2,257), comes with a main 4.3″ HD 720p display while the back offers a E-Paper display of the same size but it isn’t touch enabled.
At Mobile World Congress, Yota has announced its new next generation YotaPhone aka YotaPhone 2 with updated specs and a larger screen. In terms of design, it ditches the boxy outlook of its first generation and it is more curvy like a Nexus 4. The front comes with a larger Full HD 5″ AMOLED display and it runs on more current Android 4.4 KitKat with a Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor underneath. There’s even NFC and 4G LTE connectivity also comes as standard.
Over at the back, the E-ink display is bigger at 4.7″ and this time it is touch enabled. In our hands-on, the E-ink display is rather clear and comfortable to read but the refresh rate is rather slow like any other e-paper based display. The biggest advantage of the E-ink display is power consumption as the first version claims to push 50 hours of usage on the E-ink alone. There’s no usage figures on the 2nd generation YotaPhone but we reckon it could be pushing similar or more usage hours.
In terms of apps, the YotaPhone 2 is rather limited with the basic notifications, dialer, contacts, maps, picture viewer, RSS and E-book readers. Apps supporting its E-ink display is expected to increase as Yota Devices have just released the SDK allowing developers to create custom apps and functions to make full use of a secondary display.
At time of writing, there isn’t a dedicated monochrome browser for the E-ink display, so if you plan to read web contents later, you would need to screen capture them and view it through the picture viewer. Yota says that a native browswer will be introduced later. Some of the apps demoed to us include a photography app which automatically previews the picture on the secondary screen. Since it is a protoype device, the 2nd generation YotaPhone has some stability issues and the back E-ink touch panel isn’t as responsive as we hoped.
The concept is an interesting one and we liked the idea of having a secondary display that uses minimal power. This makes it perfect for taking a peek at notifications or to use it as a web browser or to check on your social feed. After all, we consume mostly text content on our smart phones. In terms of availability, Yota says that their second generation is slated for end of this year and they have plans to make it internationally available outside of Europe.
Watch our hands-on video after the break.