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Yota Devices YotaPhone 2

Specifications

Yota Devices YotaPhone 2
Yota Devices YotaPhone 2 (Yotaphone Series)
Graphics adapter
Qualcomm Adreno 330, Core: 450 MHz
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, capacitive touchscreens, AMOLED and e-paper/EPD, EPD: 4.7 inches, 16 grayscale levels, 960x540 pixels, both Corning Gorilla Glass 3, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 24.69 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: combo headphone and microphone jack, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, G-sensor, digital compass, GPS, Glonass, NFC, wireless charging
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900 and 2100 MHz), LTE Cat. 4 (800, 1800 and 2600 MHz), VoLTE, head-SAR: 0.287 W/kg, body-SAR: 0.268 W/kg
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.95 x 144.9 x 69.4 ( = 0.35 x 5.7 x 2.73 in)
Battery
, 2500 mAh, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 41.8 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 26 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 396 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 408 h
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: 2.1 MP, primary camera: 8 MP (auto focus, LED flash)
Additional features
Speakers: two stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual, power supply, USB cord, SIM tool, headset, YotaApps, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
144 g ( = 5.08 oz / 0.32 pounds), Power Supply: 65 g ( = 2.29 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
699 Euro

 

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Average Score: 77.82% - good
Average of 28 scores (from 36 reviews)
price: 63%, performance: 68%, features: 76%, display: 77% mobility: 81%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 94%

Reviews for the Yota Devices YotaPhone 2

83% Yota Devices YotaPhone 2 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Twice as good? Like the first YotaPhone, the successor also features two screens. An AMOLED screen adorns the front, and an additional eInk screen is on the back. The Russian company has completely reworked the design and has also done many things better than in the precursor. However, the temperature development is still a problem.
YotaPhone 2: A $115 Smartphone With Two Displays
Source: iTech Post English
The YotaPhone 2 is a 2-year old smartphone packed with two displays that used to cost around $800, which was probably the reason as to why it didn't get that popular like the iPhone or Galaxy phones. But now, that $800 price tag has been reduced to $115, making it a device that you would want to consider buying once you get to know it.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/03/2017
Yotaphone 2-World’s First Dual Screen Smartphone Review
Source: Igeekphone English
Yotaphone 2 has its advantages such as Dual-screened engineering marvel, useful E Ink screen, Gorgeous primary AMOLED display, Top-tier performance and Cool points aplenty, but of course, there are some aspects to be improved such as software, camera and battery. Right now it’s very cheap to sell in some stores.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/16/2016
80% YotaPhone 2 review: The Android smartphone with two screens, now with Lollipop and in white
Source: PC Advisor English
There are a lot of things to like about the YotaPhone 2 and we applaud the company for doing something different. The design is excellent and if you want a dual-screen smartphone this is the one for you (ie. don't buy the original). Although the concept works pretty well and there's potential for great battery life, there are a few downfalls. We're mainly disappointed by the slow nature of using the e-ink screen and the awful ghosting. The price is also a barrier (even at £440) and means it comes short of rivals in areas such as photography and storage.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/13/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
YotaPhone2 Review
Source: Under KG English
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/10/2015
Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE
Source: Reg Hardware English
So, has Yota cracked it second time around? Yes. As a phone the YotaPhone 2 is a very neat device. Well made, ergonomically sound, handsome and quite powerful. All the ancillaries like the cameras and speakers (and yes, the phone bit) do a fine job and the 5-inch AMOLED screen is a very resepctable example of the breed.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/10/2015
80% YotaPhone 2 review: The Android smartphone with two screens
Source: PC Advisor English
There are a lot of things to like about the YotaPhone 2 and we applaud the company for doing something different. The design is excellent and if you want a dual-screen smartphone this is the one for you (ie. don't buy the original). Although the concept works pretty well and there's potential for great battery life, there are a few downfalls. We're mainly disappointed by the slow nature of using the e-ink screen and the awful ghosting. The price is also a barrier and means it comes short of rivals in areas such as photography and storage.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/06/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
80% YotaPhone 2 review
Source: Gadget Show English
The YotaPhone 2 is a huge improvement over the original, but its still a niche concept that's more novelty than fully functional - and it'll blow a hole in your wallet too. We'd love to see it get cheaper, but for the price you're simply shelling out for an additional E Ink display on what's basically a fairly average handset - and you can get much better for your money.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/29/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
YotaPhone 2 review: Choose a side
Source: GSM Arena English
We approached the YotaPhone 2 as the niche device we thought it was. By the time we reached the end of this review, we were ready to rethink. It's an odd-ball of a device by all means, but its second screen opens the door to a whole new world of possibilities. The YotaPhone 2 is closer to the current crop of flagships than to the midrange market segment. The overall performance is Nexus 5/Galaxy S5 grade or similar - fast, fluid and capable of handling pretty much everything.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/27/2015
82% YotaPhone 2 Review
Source: Cool Smartphone English
This is a phone with a very decent specification and is built well with a beautiful design. The rear display, to the untrained eye, can look like a logo until you confuse the heck out of interested onlookers by interacting with it, or having it change regularly as you ride the train to work. It is, however, a hard one to sell to the mainstream smartphone audience. We all know that the high-quality screens on which we’re hooked daily are nailing our precious batteries.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/26/2015
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 69% workmanship: 92%
74% YotaPhone 2 review: this is what the Fire Phone should have been
Source: Pocketnow English
So we come back to the question that started us off: is “the two-faced smartphone” the phone for you? And for most people, up to and including hardcore phone geeks, the answer will probably be no. Sure, the YotaPhone 2’s battery life is very impressive, but it demands that you use Android on E-Paper to achieve that. Then there’s the dated hardware – the Snapdragon 800 is great for now, but its age will start to show as 64-bit SoCs become standard on flagships over the coming year. Most damning, there are just too many cheaper smartphones on the market that are more practical and more consistent. Like the Fire Phone before it, the problem with the YotaPhone isn’t the YotaPhone; it’s the price its maker is asking.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/17/2015
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 50% features: 80% mobility: 70%
60% YotaPhone 2
Source: Laptop Mag English
The YotaPhone 2 is a solid Android phone that has a truly unique and compelling feature: its rear-facing e-paper display. You'll enjoy unparalleled outdoor readability, handy customizable dashboards and much longer battery life compared to the color screen. The second display is almost like having a second device -- which you can use for reading, streaming music and other tasks that don't need the full-color treatment -- to save power.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/15/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
61% Twice the displays, half the phone
Source: Digital Trends English
Ever since we heard of the YotaPhone we were quite intrigued with the technology it was bringing to the table but once we tested it, we were left disappointed. YotaPhone has missed its opportunity to bring something that could have been a true game changer. The incomplete implementation of its e-ink display and average performance for its price weigh the phone down.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/09/2015
Rating: Total score: 61%
80% YotaPhone 2 review
Source: Android Authority English
To be honest, the YotaPhone 2 is a good device but I can’t help but think that it would be nothing without the e-ink panel. The phone itself is basic and doesn’t offer anything new or relatively interesting. So, you may find yourself using the e-ink display on the back and will be quite happy with what this technology can offer, but the rest of the phone needs to be just as good, if not better, so that both feature-sets can provide an attractive package.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Review: YotaPhone 2
Source: Wired Magazine English
A solid phone with a unique second e-paper screen. Battery life is way beyond every expectation. Reading books, documents and even social media messages on the electronic paper display leaves the eyes less fatigued. It’s like a mini Kindle, or like adding real smartphone functions to an e-reader. Smart notification features. Lots of customizability.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/18/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
76% YotaPhone 2 Review
Source: T Break English
The Yota Phone 2 comes equipped with a 2500mAh battery and the amount of time you’ll get out of it really depends on your usage of the primary and secondary screens. If you get comfortable enough to stop powering the main screen for notifications and reply to text messages and such on the back screen, you’ll surely get more battery out of the Yota than you would out of an Android phone with a similar battery capacity. I had the phone for less than a week and my best case scenario was a day-and-a-half. With a little more practice and familiarity, I might have been able to squeeze a couple of days.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/09/2014
Rating: Total score: 76% price: 60% performance: 75% features: 85% workmanship: 85%
70% YotaPhone 2 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The YotaPhone 2 isn’t a phone for everyone, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve its niche. Google is making a big advertising push at the moment with the tagline "be together, not the same". The YotaPhone 2 epitomises this ethos. If you're a keen reader then you'll appreciate the rear screen, even if it’s not quite to the standard of current, traditional e-readers.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/09/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
70% A phone of two halves, but one is better than the other
Source: Techradar English
I get the benefits of the EPD on the Yotaphone 2, but ultimately it still feels like a work in progress with clear-cut, everyday advantages still missing. I question just how useful the rear screen is with its slow refresh rates and limited app integration. I'd like to see a slicker interface and some big name developers really get behind it. Ignore the rear display altogether and it's a competent Android smartphone with a decent level of power, mid-range camera and solid build.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/08/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 70% features: 90% workmanship: 80%
60% YotaPhone 2 review
Source: Stuff TV English
The company has had a good stab at creating an interface that works on an E Ink display, but when used in such close quarters with the far more responsive screen on the front, it never stops feeling a bit awkward. When doggedly sticking to E Ink tech, perhaps that’s not a problem YotaPhone can solve, but that doesn’t make it any less of an issue for us people with £500 ready to spend on a phone.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/03/2014
Rating: Total score: 60% performance: 60% display: 60% workmanship: 80%
70% YotaPhone 2 review: Dual-screen phone will split the crowd
Source: Pocket Lint English
Despite warming to the YotaPhone 2 over our four days of use, we're still on the fence about it. Yes, it's a jump forward compared to the original and we can see genuine use from that second screen and we're not going to cry "gimmick" like we thought we might. But with current smartphones already providing a full day's battery anyway, irrelevant of whether you use them to read eBooks on or not, many just won't need to pay a premium for a dual-screen device. Even if the E Ink screen has its uses for information at a glance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/03/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Yotaphone 2 review
Source: Expert Reviews English
The Yotaphone 2 has its shortcomings, but it's still a huge improvement on its predecessor with plenty of useful features. The full touch support makes the rear screen much easier to use, it has a potentially huge battery life and we're big fans of the always-on YotaPanels. However, we still feel there's more work to be done before it achieves its full potential, as its E-ink screen just isn't quite good enough to make it a viable alternative to a dedicated eReader. At £555 SIM-free, it's also very expensive, but this is to be expected given the fact it has two screens. There's plenty to like about the Yotaphone 2, but it just falls short of being a truly game-changing handset.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/03/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Yota YotaPhone 2 Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
We love that Yota has the balls to elbow its way into a crowded smartphone market and do something completely different, with the YotaPhone 2’s innovative second display. But does the e-ink screen make enough impact to the overall experience to justify its presence? Of course, the YotaPhone 2 isn’t cheap. At £555 or 700 Euros it’s as expensive as the very best flagship phones, which could be a hard sell for something that’s so different. We’d suggest having a play before throwing your cash down, to make sure this funky mobile is right for you.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/03/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

75% Yotaphone 2
Source: Chinahandys.net German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/03/2016
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 70% display: 80% mobility: 50% workmanship: 80%
90% Yota Yotaphone 2
Source: Smartphone Magazin - Heft 4/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
Yota Yotaphone 2
Source: Konsument.at - Heft 6/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2015
79% Yota Yotaphone 2
Source: Connect - Heft 04/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 79%
86% Yota Yotaphone 2
Source: Computerbild - Heft 6/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 86%
89% Yota Yotaphone 2
Source: Android Welt - Heft 2/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 89%
E-Ink-Display als rückseitiger Hingucker
Source: Futurezone.at German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/04/2015
Yota Yotaphone 2
Source: c't - Heft 04/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2015
85% Yota Yotaphone 2
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 3/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 85% mobility: 88% ergonomy: 88%
80% Yota Yotaphone 2
Source: e-media - Heft 3/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Yota YotaPhone 2
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Yota Yotaphone 2
Source: Connect - Heft 2/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
85% Yota Yotaphone 2
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 2/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 85%
94% Meister Yota
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/10/2014
Rating: Total score: 94% price: 50% mobility: 94%
Yota Yotaphone 2
Source: Valuetech - Heft 1/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2014

Comment

Model: The YotaPhone 2 is the world's first double screen smartphone that uses an e-ink technology to display important information at the back of the phone. This surprising capability might be a winning combination with the smartphone's elegant design. The YotaPhone 2 is curved almost like a pebble to nicely fit in the user hand. The entire device comes in black and has a minimalistic look only to be accented with the modern e-ink greyscale back display.

The Android 4.4 KitKat comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM and an internal memory of 32 GB making it a very capable modern device. The main display is a 5 inch AMOLED Full HD panel rated at 442 ppi and the 16-level grayscale Electronic Paper Display on the rear side is 4.7 inch. Both screens are protected with Corning Gorila Glass 3 making them tough and scratch resistant. Weighing in at 145 g, the YotaPhone 2 comes with Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, NFC and A-GPS+GLONASS.

There are an 8 mega-pixel autofocus main camera located at the rear top center and a 2.1 mega-pixel front facing camera for video telecommunication. Battery life is pretty good despite having two screens with the 2500 mAh cell powering the device. The YotaPhone 2 charges wirelessly which is a nice touch.

Qualcomm Adreno 330: Integrated graphics card in some Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs, supports OpenGL ES 3.0 Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
800 MSM8974:

High-end ARM SoC with 4 CPU cores up to 2.3 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU up to 450 MHz. Based on Qualcomm's Krait 400 architecture and is manufactured in a 28nm HPM process.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5":

This is a typical smartphone diagonal.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.144 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


77.82%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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