YotaPhone 2 with E Ink back launching in the US via Indiegogo, price drops in UK with new white color option


YotaPhone 2 white

The dual-display YotaPhone 2 was one of the surprise showstoppers during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. We got a hands on with the phone and loved not only its sleek minimal stylings, but its unique E Ink back. Sure, the back display was a little more clumsy in real-world use than we had anticipated, but overall we felt like it was a fresh idea and something more interesting than the higher core count most Android devices are boasting nowadays.

YotaPhone 2 white dual

Today, the folks at Yota Devices are announcing a price drop for the device in the UK — now only £440 — and the introduction of an all new white color option with inverted E Ink back to match. What’s more is the YotaPhone 2 is just about ready for its US launch, well, only if it can raise enough funding through an Indiegogo campaign kicking off this July. We still don’t know how much they’ll be looking for, or once funded, how much longer it can take before the device is finally available to US buyers with support for our unique carrier bands.

It’s clear Yota Devices needs to act fast. This year we’ve seen some near perfect Android devices and when pitted against the YotaPhone 2 — with its aging hardware specs — the Russian smartphone could find itself left behind in the dust.

[YotaPhone 2 (white) | via The Verge]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Special apps not required, stock Lollipop, looks outstanding.

  2. HELL YES!! I almost pulled the trigger on the international version thru Amazon.

    I’ve been waiting for this! Since no OEM has won my heart this year, Yota will have it.

    Indiegogo allows refunds if not fully funded right? I saw one that would take your money regardless if the project was fully funded or not.

    1. depends, i think fixed funding works like kickstarter. flexible funding they get the money no matter what (and i think forever funding is the same way too)

  3. I wonder who will copy out of the U.S. brand phones.

  4. i think specs are starting to mean less and less, it’s how those specs are used that matters. a stock device with considerably less ram and processor speed will kill a manufacturer and carrier bloated device. i love the idea, while i totally don’t need it, if it isn’t too bad price wise i’d consider it.

    1. Agree. This can easily be seen from certain manufacturers for sure.
      This phone is awesome but will never come out in my country :(

  5. Would love to have one of these!

  6. A very interesting device, indeed! If priced right (which should realistically be no more than ~$400), I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on one as potentially a backup phone. Unfortunately, if funded I see two things here: 1) the device belonging to the “GSM-Only” Club, and 2) I have a hard time seeing this thing getting any Android OS updates post-launch. (Honestly, it probably couldn’t handle a major Android numbered release as it’s not *that* future-proof but minor updates shouldn’t be that big a deal.)

    1. It’s already jumping from KitKat to Lollipop.

  7. Look for the back as a new innovation from crapple

  8. I’ve wanted one of these for so long. Seriously hoping that they bump up the specs, especially if it’s coming pre-loaded with Lollipop.

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