Yotafone 2 Dual Sided Screen 5" 1080p  OLED  + HD  E-INK Smartphone £229 delivered @ Yota Phone
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Yotafone 2 Dual Sided Screen 5" 1080p OLED + HD E-INK Smartphone £229 delivered @ Yota Phone

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Found 26th Apr 2016
1080p OLED + an HD e-ink screen for multi days of battery, depending on usage.

At launch it was over £600, finally taking off when £440 mid July 2015.
It has no competitors so £229 looks a serious bargain for those into reading or able to modify their usage to get the ultra battery life via the 2nd black and white e-ink screen.
engadget.com/201…ew/
". There's no two ways about it: The YotaPhone 2 is an extremely expensive, niche proposition. Yota's under no illusions about that, though, admitting that its newest handset isn't going to appeal to everyone. Those who it will appeal to, however, are people with loose budgets that find the YotaPhone 2 a compelling and fresh alternative to what's already out there."
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Very much a niche product. It's a bit of a gimmick in my opinion, as I'm sure at least one of the large manufacturers would've taken a punt on this as an idea. But it may appeal to some people and I'm all for new things working their way onto our phones.

The hardware itself is nothing special in today's market, especially at this price point.
Take away the e-ink display (about £10 worth of hardware, if that), and you are left with a decidedly average device. Just how they ever expected to get £600 is beyond me!
Even at this price point, it seems mighty expensive.
why? just .... why?

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If you read books on the commute or manly use messaging and email, there is nothing else to compete out there.

Why get ripped off paying double/triple when unavailable elsewhere e-ink is a large part of the use for you?
I've always liked the idea/look of this phone.

Yotaphone 2 black https://yotaphone.com/static/devhub/images/landing2/gender/img_02_en.pngyotaphone.com/gb-…e2/
Edited by: "jco83" 26th Apr 2016
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It is certainly not for the masses, yet if you are not, and read you might find a use.
Edited by: "LadyEleanor" 26th Apr 2016
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Pic updated, thanks.
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Rumour has it that, the now Hong Kong owned Yotafone will release Yotafone 3 in July, in partnership with ZTE.
I've always liked the concept, it was crazy at it's original price, but more tempting at this level.

It is cheaper on ebay though.
LadyEleanor

Rumour has it that, the now Hong Kong owned Yotafone will release … Rumour has it that, the now Hong Kong owned Yotafone will release Yotafone 3 in July, in partnership with ZTE.



​can't wait oO
woldranger

Very much a niche product. It's a bit of a gimmick in my opinion, as I'm … Very much a niche product. It's a bit of a gimmick in my opinion, as I'm sure at least one of the large manufacturers would've taken a punt on this as an idea. But it may appeal to some people and I'm all for new things working their way onto our phones.The hardware itself is nothing special in today's market, especially at this price point.


"Gimmick" That's what all the major vacuum manufacturers said about Dyson when it first came out. So I wouldn't put to much faith in them.
via the link it says £440.

Sorry, when you click on the £440 it brings another page up at £229
Edited by: "shalton" 26th Apr 2016
Voting hot - similar internals to a Xperia Z2 and ideal for those who want an always-on screen / e-reader.
Anyone comment on how this fares as an e-reader via the eink screen?, is the 5" display not a little on the small size for comfortable reading? I actually like the concept of this but I'd prefer to see it in a 5.5" or even 6" form factory for more comfortable reading, maybe that's something they will do on the new model....
Edited by: "ST3123" 26th Apr 2016
That should have been the start price.
jdbigguy

"Gimmick" That's what all the major vacuum manufacturers said about Dyson … "Gimmick" That's what all the major vacuum manufacturers said about Dyson when it first came out. So I wouldn't put to much faith in them.



Err, I don't think I manufacture vacuum's, so I'm not sure about this comparison. Who's putting faith in what?
skromnia

That should have been the start price.



​When it was released this had flagship for its time specs and an additional cost of the e-ink display. I don't think this should have been the price upon release but it should have been somewhere around this price for a while now.

Hot deal imo.
Jellybean oO
woldranger

Err, I don't think I manufacture vacuum's, so I'm not sure about this … Err, I don't think I manufacture vacuum's, so I'm not sure about this comparison. Who's putting faith in what?



​What are the odds. Quoting a well known vacuum cleaner fact to an expert in vacuums.
Get a Homtom or a Doogee or a Cubot

You'll save money when people still take the Mickey at the unknown brand
It's an interesting idea - I read a ton of books on my tablet and phone and the e-ink capability would be kinder on my eyes (I tend to change my ebook apps to black background/white font to reduce the glare)
woldranger

Very much a niche product. It's a bit of a gimmick in my opinion, as I'm … Very much a niche product. It's a bit of a gimmick in my opinion, as I'm sure at least one of the large manufacturers would've taken a punt on this as an idea. But it may appeal to some people and I'm all for new things working their way onto our phones.The hardware itself is nothing special in today's market, especially at this price point.



I don't think it's a gimmick. The e-Ink screen will be great for people who commute, assuming you can read ebooks on it?
Is it right when it says android jellybean???
dyanisis1978

Jellybean oO



It comes with Kitkat and did get an update to lollipop 5.0 which is disappointing for a flagship device to only get one update. It's the reason I'm on the fence for it, I love the concept but springing over £200 for something that's already one release behind and with no more likely is just a bit much.
wenttoabetterplace

Take away the e-ink display (about £10 worth of hardware, if that), and … Take away the e-ink display (about £10 worth of hardware, if that), and you are left with a decidedly average device. Just how they ever expected to get £600 is beyond me!Even at this price point, it seems mighty expensive.


Not even average, given that for half the price you get bigger and better phablets.

I really want this device, but now it is nearly obsolete, and the price is still too high. Make it the size of a phablet, the price of a medium phablet plus a kindle, and you have a proposition.
Edited by: "MrPuddington" 26th Apr 2016
Surely the major selling points are that there is only one device to humph about and the e-ink is readable in bright sunlight? I have yet to see a smartphone with a screen that is legible on a sunny day, and as I like to read e-books on the train I would love to have one of these. Unfortunately, I've only just bought the latest dustproof and waterproof Nook, so I will be taking "two bottles into the shower" for a while yet. (_;)
MrPuddington

Not even average, given that for half the price you get bigger and better … Not even average, given that for half the price you get bigger and better phablets. I really want this device, but now it is nearly obsolete, and the price is still too high. Make it the size of a phablet, the price of a medium phablet plus a kindle, and you have a proposition.



I'm not sure you'll get better spec for half the price? The CPU alone is over 2x powerful than the mediatek octa-cores
Great saving but it was massively overpriced to start with.
It's a good price, I paid around £400. I switched from Nexus 5 to the Yota2 but it was so laggy, especially the home screen and launching apps. The e-ink screen was great, but not backlit - i realise i sound stupid but after using the kindle paperwhite for a while i'd forgotten that backlight is not a standard on all e-ink screens. Doh! but the slow/lagginess is why i sold and went back to nexus 5.
I'm gonna give you heat for posting the deal!
For me it's an extra screen to scratch and I don't really see the benefits (If I want to read a book, I read a book, if I want to read something via e-ink I'd want a bigger screen)
LadyEleanor

Rumour has it that, the now Hong Kong owned Yotafone will release … Rumour has it that, the now Hong Kong owned Yotafone will release Yotafone 3 in July, in partnership with ZTE.


It is supposed to be a Russian phone. Russians were very proud of making such innovative hiteck product though I think it is the Russian concept/idea the rest is Asia (including Hong Kong) designed and made.
mike_freegan

I don't think it's a gimmick. The e-Ink screen will be great for people … I don't think it's a gimmick. The e-Ink screen will be great for people who commute, assuming you can read ebooks on it?



I read up a lot on this when it was released - it's been out in China for ages and was available in the states ages before here - and the general consensus was that the rear screen was handy for conserving battery when checking the time, notifications etc, but was way too small to use as an ereader. The reviewers liked the idea but the application, when added to a high cost phone with mid range specs just didn't work.

For my part, if you could get this on a small tablet without having to shell out flagship prices (that's how this was priced when released) then it would be really handy as an ereader.
MrPuddington

Not even average, given that for half the price you get bigger and better … Not even average, given that for half the price you get bigger and better phablets. I really want this device, but now it is nearly obsolete, and the price is still too high. Make it the size of a phablet, the price of a medium phablet plus a kindle, and you have a proposition.


The 801is a decent processor, 32gb a decent amount of storage. Far better than most of the tat that comes out of China currently. Bought one to have a play with n then give it to the missus, 48 hour battery life will be handy given the number of times she forgets to charge her phone.....
Looks brilliant. lack of os updates puts me off though. love the concept and so long as you can sync kindle etc on the eink then could have it's uses.
jco83

I've always liked the idea/look of this phone.Yotaphone 2 black … I've always liked the idea/look of this phone.Yotaphone 2 black https://yotaphone.com/gb-en/product/yotaphone2/


Yeah not a bad looking phone. Liking the curves and the colour. I guess these functions will be similar to the always on display on the Samsung S7,
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tissot22

It is supposed to be a Russian phone. Russians were very proud of making … It is supposed to be a Russian phone. Russians were very proud of making such innovative hiteck product though I think it is the Russian concept/idea the rest is Asia (including Hong Kong) designed and made.


Seems the buyout fell through, the latest announcement now being for a 30% stake, for the rights to the Asian market maybe.
Edited by: "LadyEleanor" 26th Apr 2016
I considered buying it as I do lots of eBook
reading but don't always carry my ereader. now that price went down im even more tempted.
Putting an e-ink display in a phone is not a new idea. The old Motorola "Motofone" F3 had one but it was rubbish.

http://www.evertek.com/imageshare/B/300x300/BLK-F3-unit.jpg
jdbigguy

"Gimmick" That's what all the major vacuum manufacturers said about Dyson … "Gimmick" That's what all the major vacuum manufacturers said about Dyson when it first came out. So I wouldn't put to much faith in them.


Does this item also suck?

woldranger

Very much a niche product. It's a bit of a gimmick in my opinion, as I'm … Very much a niche product. It's a bit of a gimmick in my opinion, as I'm sure at least one of the large manufacturers would've taken a punt on this as an idea. But it may appeal to some people and I'm all for new things working their way onto our phones.The hardware itself is nothing special in today's market, especially at this price point.



Gimmick? This is awesome. I've been waiting for this type of screen for years... especially in tablets. Would buy this in a heartbeat for around £150.
Edited by: "MadeInBeats" 26th Apr 2016
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