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Russian search engine company introduces Yandex.Phone

The Yandex.Phone will aid users with utilizing products from Yandex's ecosystem. (Source: Yandex)
The Yandex.Phone will aid users with utilizing products from Yandex's ecosystem. (Source: Yandex)
The Russian Internet-related tech company Yandex has announced its foray into the world of smartphones with the aptly named Yandex.Phone. The 5.65-inch device will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC and features Yandex’s proprietary intelligent assistant, Alice. The smartphone will be released on December 6 at a store in the company’s headquarters in Moscow, and it will be priced at 17,990 rubles (~US$270).

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Google isn’t the only massively popular search engine giant that can release its own smartphones. It seems Yandex now wants to follow suit with its Yandex.Phone device. Although it might not actually challenge the former’s Pixel 3 in any meaningful way, the Yandex.Phone will no doubt find plenty of buyers in its local market.

The Yandex.Phone is powered by a Snapdragon 630 and features a 5.65-inch Full HD+ screen (2160x1080). There is a dual rear-facing camera system (16 MP + 5 MP) and a single 5 MP selfie camera present. The phone also offers technology such as a fingerprint scanner and NFC, but the press release gives scant further details about hardware. The phone will utilize Android 8.1, though.

Perhaps the main selling point for the Yandex.Phone is the incorporation of Alice. Yandex claims owners of the smartphone will have access to 34,000 of her handy skills, which will assist users with navigating through the company’s wide range of products (Search, Maps, Music, Taxi, etc.). Yandex is the most popular search engine in Russia, although its lead over Google has dwindled over time.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-12- 6 (Update: 2018-12- 6)