It’s not often you come across a truly unique device in the smartphone market, but the Yotaphone 2 is exactly that. Unique.
From the front it looks like any other Android smartphone, but flip it over and you’re greeted with a second, all-touch display – only it’s an e-ink screen similar to those found on ereaders.
The Yotaphone 2 is the Russian brand’s second entry into the market following on from the original, proof of concept, Yotaphone which launched in 2013 and aimed squarely at early adopters.
This time round Yota Devices means business. This is a global device aimed at the average consumer rather than those sitting at the forefront of technology. It’s even opened a dedicated store in London to really drive home the intent.
Fitting two screens into one device no thicker than 9mm while overcoming potential heat sync issues was no mean feat and the Yotaphone 2 carries a price tag which reflects the engineering complexity of its design.
SIM-free it’ll set you back £555 (around $870, AU$1035), which places it up there with the top smartphones of the moment including the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z3.
There’s a decent level of tech included though, with a full HD 5-inch AMOLED display, 4.7-inch e-ink rear screen, 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, 8MP rear camera and 2.1MP front snapper.