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The Yotaphone 2 is a phone with an unusual name and some unusual features. Let’s start off with its appearance. It has a slab front with a curved back, with an electronic paper display built into the curved back. The main display is a 5” 1080p AMOLED number, with the secondary electronic paper display a staunchly 4.7” size at 540 x 960 resolution. The electronic paper display screen is also a touch screen, enabling touch scrolling down books etc.
Interestingly, the electronic paper display uses very little power. In fact, when viewing an article it consumes no power at all. It is only when you scroll down or up that it will use any power. A neat trick indeed, as the screen is normally the biggest consumer of battery power on a phone. Also, the screen can be left on all the time, as it will not consume any power whilst in a static state. It could be said that it is similar to Qualcomm’s Mirasol display, but I think that the Yotaphone 2 is a superb and ingenious implementation of the technology.
The phone comes with a Qualcomm 2.3 GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on board storage, with a microSIM as well, which I think is very good indeed. It also has an 8MP camera with a secondary 2MP selfie camera on the front. It also sports Android 4.4 KitKat, Wireless Charging, Near Field Control (NFC), LTE, Navigation and an FM radio. It weighs 140g and has a battery with a 2550mAh charge, which might seem on the small side, but remember that the electronic paper display does not need power to run, so that will take a lot of strain off the battery. So it seems that most bases are covered in the phone department.
The phone is expected in Europe around Q4 of 2014, and owners of the original Yotaphone 1 will receive a substantial discount if they upgrade to version 2.
An interesting phone indeed…