YotaPhone with its secondary full-size e-ink display is one of the most unusual handsets that we have ever seen. The second generation YotaPhone was released in December last year and barely five months later the manufacturer, Yota Devices, has treated its customers to an upgrade model. The new variant of the YotaPhone 2 is even more extravagant thanks to the new white color scheme, lower price and Android Lollipop upgrade.
Say hello to white YotaPhone 2 with new price and upgraded software.
Black is the most popular color for smartphones, since it’s inconspicuous and practical. Some may say it’s boring too, so if you want to stand out in the crowd you may want to choose a different hue. If you don’t feel eccentric enough to go all the way to bright orange or fluorescent green, white option might be sufficiently atypical. The new version of the YotaPhone 2 has white back and sides and comes with a metallic volume button and ring around the camera.
White back panel obviously means that the color scheme of the e-ink interface needs to be inverted. Some may have a different opinion on the matter, but for most folks dark characters on white background feel more natural and are easier to read. The front of the phone is still black and according to Yota Devices it was intentional in order to improve apparent contrast on the main AMOLED display.
The new YotaPhone 2 is not only about the look, though. The handset will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, while the black models will receive platform upgrade in the near future. In addition to the latest version of the OS, the white YotaPhone 2 brings a bunch of new software features which are aimed at making the back side of the device more practical and useful. Some of the changes include revamped YotaCovers, new social full-sized widgets – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, YotaRemote for controlling a smart TV over Wi-Fi, a new Gmail widget, improved YotaNotes with Google Drive integration and even YotaSports which delivers live scores to your e-ink display.
The white YotaPhone 2 comes with new price tag and here’s a little surprise for you – while in most cases upgrades equal heftier prices, the new version of the dual-screen handset is actually cheaper than the older model. The original price has been cut by £115 in the UK and €100 in other European markets so that the phone now costs £440 in the UK and €599 elsewhere, or about $680 if it was available in the US. Speaking of US availability, Yota Devices is planning to bring the YotaPhone 2 across the ocean via Indiegogo sometime in July.
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