Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 22, 2014
When the first version of this product was released I was very pleased that an OEM had finally realized that a two screened smartphone was a good idea. Unfortunately, what I wanted was a two screened phone with two sims, so I could have my work and personal phone in a single device. If anyone out there's developing a smartphone like this, please let me know!
I was, therefore disappointed to discover that the Yotaphone wasn't a "two in one" device, but instead a conventional smartphone with an additional e-ink display. As smartphones become more powerful and battery hungry, anything that extends battery life has got to be a good thing, however. For this reason, it looks like devices such as the Yotaphone will grow in popularity. We predict that a growing number of OEMs will wake up to the fact that AMOLED/LED and E-Ink is a match made in heaven!
We have already identified this trend in wearables, whereby OEMs are starting to layer LED screens on top of e-ink screens to extend the period between charges. The Geak Watch 2 by Shanda (see below) is a great example of this approach.
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The Yotaphone runs Android KitKat, features gorilla glass, has a 1920x1080 5" AMOLED screen, and a 960x540 4.7" e-ink screen. The e-ink screen can be used for much more than just reading ebooks, reducing the need to power up the battery sapping colour screen resulting in much longer usage between charges.
If you are a heavy user that struggles with battery life, and you want something a little different, this could be the smartphone for you! It is bound to grab far more attention than the conventional devices offered by the likes of Apple, Samsung, HTC etc on looks alone. For those adventurous enough to take the plunge, the good news for British customers is that the Yotaphone 2 is available in the UK (RRP £550), and across Europe. Unfortunately it isn't available in the US yet, however it will be out soon (RRP $865).
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