Hybrid devices are not very appreciated because they usually turn into a disappointment. Like many other inventive ideas, YotaPhone is a combination between two useful things into one. Usually when you try to combine two appreciated and useful things, you end up compromising too much. Well, probably this new device will be an exception from this rule.
YotaPhone 2 comes with a 5-inch display Android smartphone and a 4.7-inch e-paper display placed on its back. The e-paper display is a really good idea because it turns out that it can be and effective e-reader, a battery-saving gaming screen, an always-on notification display and weather app and it is an attractive and great back cover for the phone. YotaPhone was unveiled in a perfect pre-Christmas timing and probably it will be the attraction of the season.
YotaPhone 2 had suffered some improvements over its predecessor, on what it can do and in the quality of the display. This new device comes with a 960×540-pixel resolution, much better than the predecessor which featured 640×360 pixels. This improvement helps the text to be more easily readable and sharper. The rear screen comes with three main modes: an Android like set with widgets for weather, a mode where you simply see the same Android interface as one on the LCD side and YotaCover, which also acts as a lock screen, which is displaying images from your gallery.
The e-ink screen is very cool, although it is fully touch-enabled. Unfortunately it is not as responsively as the LCD screen, while this means that you cannot text or email as fast as you usually do on a smartphone, but is more responsive than its predecessor. The best thing about the e-ink screen is that you can use apps like Google Books, Kobo or kindle, which means to you a much bigger access to literature than you had using only Yota’s e-book service.
YotaPhone 2 comes feat a quad-core 2.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, with 2 GB of RAM. It runs Android 4.4.3 KitKat, it is not a recent version, but Yota has claimed that an update is coming soon. It has a 2,500mAh battery, which is a good battery, but the low-powered e-ink display should to its job great. The back camera has an 8-megapixel power, not that amazing compared with Sony Xperia Z3 or LG G3, but there is sufficient detail and exposure in photos.
YotaPhone 2 should be tested and its e-paper display should be a major attractions for book readers.