Hong Kong based REX Global has taken a 64.9% stake in Yota Device’s, the company behind the unique YotaPhone smartphones that include a second, E-Ink powered screen on the back side of the devices. According to the terms of the deal that have been revealed, REX Global is investing $100 million in Yota with at least $50 million of that being made available to Yota to provide an immediate cash infusion. Read more
Bad news for anyone wanting to pick up a YotaPhone 2 in the US when it releases; the North American launch of the e-ink smartphone has been cancelled due to manufacturing issues and delays. Read more
There is excitement building around the upcoming YotaPhone 2 because of its unique design. The handset, which features two displays, offers possibilities not seen anywhere else. Yota Devices has announced multiple partnerships that will enhance the experience of the YotaPhone 2 and make it more valuable to consumers. Partnerships include Psy(x) Audio for adaptive audio technology through Earprint and Instant from Emberify to quantify everything in your life. Also, Yota Devices will offer a white variant of the handset in the coming months alongside accessories such as a bumper and wireless power bank.
The YotaPhone 2 will be sold to consumers in North America through Indiegogo next month.
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The Moto X is cool in that it’s always listening, but the YotaPhone will provide an always-on display using e-ink technology. We have heard about the YotaPhone for several months, but Yota Devices has finally made it official. The always-on display is actually a second display that is on the back of the phone. However, this is no small display as it comes in at 4.3-inches. It is monochrome, but it will always be on, is battery efficient, and works great in sunlight.
The main display of the phone is also 4.3-inches, which happens to be LCD and 720p (1280 x 720). The rest of the guts include a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 2GB of RAM, 13MP camera, and 1,800mAh battery.
Is a smartphone that utilizes both a regular LCD screen and an e-ink screen possible? Russian wireless carrier Yota Devices wants to remind you that yes, yes it is possible with its new YotaPhone concept. Under the hood, the smartphone has a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, an LTE chip and a 12-megapixel rear camera. However— the real kicker of the device is its two displays— one on the front, one on the back. The front display holds a 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720 (720P) display, while the rear one can display a full e-ink content. It appears the rear display will be best suited for displaying key information tied to a user’s everyday life like appointments, playlists or other things of that nature.
While the concept is indeed interesting, prospective customers will need to go through quite a wait before the device can get in the palms of their hands. The YotaPhone is expected to go on sale in Q3 2013 in Russia, while other markets internationally will see the device sometime after that. More details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.