The first generation YotaPhone has been on the market for only two months and its successor is already on its way. The Russian manufacturer Yota Devices announced the second-generation YotaPhone (which for the sake of this article we will call YotaPhone 2014 in order not to confuse with the original YotaPhone) at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
YotaPhone coming to the U.S. in Q4 2014
The phone will first arrive in stores in Russia, Europe and the Middle East, while customers in the US and China will have to wait until Q4 2014 or the beginning of 2015. Pricing hasn’t been revealed yet but the company mentioned that it would try to keep the costs about 10% lower than other premium Android devices which could suggest a price of about $500 – $550.
The YotaPhone 2014 was upgraded in almost every aspect comparing to its predecessor. Like the first-generation YotaPhone, this year’s model also features a secondary e-ink display which is the phone’s standout feature. The display measures 4.7 inches diagonally and has 960 x 540 resolution. For comparison, the original YotaPhone ships with a 4.3-inch 640 x 360 display.
The e-ink screen requires much less power and is designed to constantly display notifications without having to worry about draining battery too quickly. Not only that, but the display is now fully touch sensitive allowing you to answer and reject phone calls, respond to messages and emails, browse the web or even play some games.
The e-ink display, however useful, has some limitations, though. One, it’s black and white; two, it doesn’t support Android apps. For this purpose you will have the main 5-inch AMOLED screen with 1080p resolution. Instead of the dual-core S4 Pro CPU of the first-gen YotaPhone, the new model is powered by a 2.3 GHZ quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip paired with 2 GB of RAM which will give better performance while multitasking.
The phone’s 69.5 mm wide and 8.9 mm thick body also house 32 GB of internal memory, an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, a 2-megapixel front-facing snapper and a 2,500 mAh battery. The phone supports 4G LTE connectivity, NFC and wireless charging and runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.