The YotaPhone 2 officially went on sale in the United States today through a good ol’ grassroots IndieGoGo campaign. This is a pre-sale, so the device won’t be shipping until August 2015 if you decide to get one.
The YotaPhone 2 is the second generation of this unique dual-display device. On one side is your traditional smartphone display for gaming, messaging, web browsing, watching videos and the like. Flip it around and you’ll see an e-paper display that’ll let you read books, check basic social networks and news apps, and more without excessive battery drain.
They claim up to 5 days of battery life if you’re just reading, and even a whopping two days for “basic smartphone functions” (meaning don’t expect to play a game for 2 days nonstop without the battery draining on you). The other benefit of using an e-paper display is that it’s an always-on element that’s ready to give you a glance at weather, incoming messages and more without having to fire up the more resource-heavy main display.
Beyond that, it’s a typical high-end smartphone. The 5-inch AMOLED display dishes out 1920 x 1080 resolution for 442 ppi, while the 4.7-inch e-paper display comes in at 960 x 540 for 235 ppi, both of which are more than adequate for their respective purposes. You’ll also get a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset, 2,500mAh battery with wireless charging, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, 4G LTE and more. You can find out more details in our YotaPhone 2 hands-on from CES earlier this year.
So, price tag time: the normal starting price for the YotaPhone 2 will be $600, though getting in on some of the early orders can net you a decent discount. Unfortunately the $500 early bird option has already run out of stock. YotaPhone is running a special 48 hour price of $525, but that obviously won’t last. The more plentiful $550 option should be freely available for the life of the campaign. All options come with your choice of white or black, and a free bumper case worth $10. You can also snap up a portable wireless charging pad and a 4,000mAh power bank bundle for $50 more.
Be sure to check out all of the details right here, and consider ordering one if this quirky smartphone piques your interest.