Yota devices was a Russian company and they produced the YotaPhone. This device had two different generations that were available. The original YotaPhone debuted in 2013 and had widespread availability. a few years later the YotaPhone 2 was announced, but it never arrived in the United States. A Chinese company bought a 65% stake in Yota Devices and released the YotaPhone 3 exclusively in China.Today, Yota Devices has announced that they are going bankrupt and will not produce anymore devices.
Yota had an interesting concept. It featured a full color display on one side and an E Ink panel on the other. This provided users two different screens to do their tasks, the e-paper display was ideal for reading.
The main reason why Yota went bankrupt, was because of a lawsuit filed by Hi-p Electronics. Yota Devices and Hi-p Electronics have collaborated since 2015 and broke up with the scandal. Hi-p Electronics accused Yota Devices of disrupting the release of the YotaPhone 2 to the US market. They were sued for $126 million due to a failure to fulfill obligations for the minimum order of components. Yota Devices had to contribute pay $17 million in a compromise. Hi-p Electronics filed another claim for another $1 million in connection with debts for the supplied components, I suppose it was to try and get another settlement. Yota Devices had enough and was unable to pay another one million dollars and decided to go bankrupt.
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