Dual Screen E-Ink YotaPhone 2 Will Hit the UK This Month

By Gerald Lynch on at

A little bit of this...a little bit of that. The hodge-podge curio of the smartphone world that is the YotaPhone 2 will finally hit UK shores this month, after first being revealed at MWC 2014 way back in February.

With a 5-inch AMOLED display up front and a 4.7-inch e-ink display around the back, it's the best of both worlds between a premium smartphone and Kindle-like e-reader. In fact, given the disaster that was Amazon's Fire Phone, it makes you wonder why the company hasn't bought the YotaPhone outright -- sticking an e-ink display around the rear for a true "Kindle Phone" would probably have made more sense than the weird 3D gimmick the Fire phone pinned its hopes on. After all, the biggest problem with the original YotaPhone was its ecosystem, but Amazon's Kindle ebook apps and Silk browser (if mirrored on front and rear screens) would make a lot of sense here.

But I digress -- the YotaPhone 2 will likely suffer from the same problems as its predecessor in that you won't have full control to use that e-ink screen to its full potential, without native support for something like the Kindle apps. Instead, only "essentials" like Google Maps, the calendar, text and call logs and notifications will work on the rear display, as well as YotaPhone's own so-so e-reading app.

No word on pricing yet, but expect to pay somewhere around £500. [@YotaPhone]