YotaPhone is already into developing the second gen version of its dual screen device, merely months after having launched the original. The prototype that was unveiled at the MWC 2014 is a lot thinner and lighter than the original, a far cry from the drab and bulky looking YotaPhone 1. To be available in color options of white and black, the YotaPhone 2 comes with rounded edges and is a lot stylish and svelte than its predecessor.
Coming to the details now available, the YotaPhone carries a bigger and better e-ink panel at the rear. Size has increased to 4.7 inches and benefits from a denser pixel layout, what with 960 x 540 pixels now lighting up the display. For comparison’s sake, the original YotaPhone offered a 4.3 inch 640 x 360 pixel display that often made texts look fuzzy. A backlit EPD option for some market is also being considered even though that is expected to add to the cost, besides also making the device more bulky.
Another extremely desirable change with YotaPhone 2 is that the secondary e-ink display will now be fully touch sensitive and will support capacitive inputs. This opens up new dimensions with the device so far as functionality is concerned. Users will now be able to get along with many of the tasks for which they had to resort to using the conventional front LCD display. These include sending emails, browsing, tweeting, and messaging and so on as long as they don’t mind doing it on a black and white display.
“The YotaPhone frees people from the fear of missing something important which is behind the dark screen. And also remove bad habits where you wake up the phone 150 times a day just for no reason — just to check what is there, in Twitter and Facebook etc… Snubbing people around yourself in favour of your smartphone becomes quite a bad habit,” said YotaPhone CEO Vladislav Martynov while speaking to TechCrunch.
Coming to apps, while the e-ink panel is now touch sensitive, it still does not seem to be ready to handle all of the Android apps. Fortunately, the company is making available the SDK which no doubt will open up immense opportunity with the secondary display. Apart from reading ebooks, there are a lot of things that can be done with the e-ink panel, which includes playing several slow paced games such as crossword, chess or Sudoku.
As for the front LCD display, it’s a 5 inch full HD Amoled LCD panel that has been included which replaces the 4.3 inch 720p LCD panel of YotaPhone 1. On the inside, it’s a 2.3 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip that does duty, in conjugation with a 2 GB RAM. The device is 4G compatible and includes a rear 8 megapixel and front 2 megapixel shooter as well. The device also runs the latest Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Russian startup though has stated they are not likely to come up with production models of the YotaPhone 2 before Q4, 2014. They will also be offering a lucrative trade-in program for owners of the first gen YotaPhone to help build brand loyalty. A for its price, YotaPhone CEO Vladislav Martynov stated it could be 10-15 percent cheaper than the premium smartphone offerings such as those from Apple or Samsung.