Announced in late February at MWC 2014 and then teased again in mid-November, the dual-screen YotaPhone 2 is available to purchase in launch markets, with the new flagship device set to cost about $620 in Europe. The phone will initially be available in 20 European countries, Android and Me reports, and should expand to China and other markets in early 2015, following its late 2014 launch. The second YotaPhone will hit Canada and Latin America next year as well, though launch plans for the US have not been announced.
YotaPhone was inarguably one of the quirkiest smartphones released last year, with not one, but two displays. This curious marriage of LCD and E Ink was certainly a manufacturing achievement, but limited uses for the secondary screen meant it simply couldn’t live up to its potential. Undeterred, Yota Devices announced earlier this year it was cooking up a sequel, and today it’s ready to launch the new and improved YotaPhone 2. Its fresh design, high-end specs and bigger, higher-resolution displays are welcome upgrades, but most importantly, a thorough overhaul of the handset’s software means you can now make full use of the low-power E Ink screen, which has also been granted touch functionality for this generation.