If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the YotaPhone 2, the “world’s first dual-screen always-on smartphone”, it is finally available for purchase on crowdfunding site, Indiegogo, from US$525. It ships to almost anywhere in the world, including Malaysia, but if you’d like to be one of the first to own the device, you’ll need to pay a rather hefty shipping fee of US$45.
The YotaPhone 2 is a successor to the YotaPhone that was officially launched in Malaysia in October last year. Like the YotaPhone, it has a main display at the front, and features a second always-on e-ink display at the back. However, instead of a boring squared look, the second generation YotaPhone looks a lot better with a new curve design, and packs better specs under its hood.
First up, the e-ink display has been improved with support for touch input. It measures at 4.7” with a resolution of 960 x 540, and on top of allowing you to read your eBooks, there are now a collection of apps for you to make the most out of the screen and of course, prolong your battery life.
Check notifications on the e-ink display, read SMS via YotaSMS, stay connected on social network, track your fitness with YotaFit and more – it also supports third-party apps.
As for the specifications, the team behind YotaPhone 2 also made some minor changes since we last saw it. It features a 5” main AMOLED display with Full HD resolution, and like the e-ink display, it is made out of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Beneath that, it is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Other specs include 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, LTE connectivity, and a 2500mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0.
Interested? YotaPhone 2 is now available for backing on Indiegogo for US$525. There’s a US$500 option for the first 100 backers, but has already been sold out shortly after the campaign went live. The US$525 price is only available for the first 48 hours, and includes a free protective bumper. Sadly though for us Malaysian, even though it ships to our shore, you’ll need to pay US$45 shipping fee – that’s about RM163. This means that you’ll need to pay US$570 (about RM2,060), for a phone with last year’s specs.
Check out YotaPhone 2’s Indiegogo campaign for more information.