Imagine that someone took an ebook reader, complete with a paper display, and a smartphone, and taped them together, with the fronts facing outwards. Turn that into a sleek handheld device, and you have the YotaPhone 2. When it comes to out-of-the-box innovative smartphone, something that the market is sorely lacking now that it has become so homogenous, this phone checks all the boxes.
The only thing that makes the phone’s price even remotely justifiable is its second e-ink screen.
This screen, on the ‘back’ of the phone, has a resolution of 960 X 540 pixels. This isn’t enough to stream videos, look at high-res, multi-coloured pictures, or play intense games, but that’s what the smartphone screen on the other side is for! When you want to read ebooks and carry out everyday tasks that don’t need a million colours, this simple 4.7 inch touch-enabled display is more than enough.
This biggest plus point of this paper display technology is the increased battery life of the phone when you use it as the primary screen. Since it can mirror some smartphone apps pretty well, you can do this without hampering your smartphone experience much, and it will more than double the battery life. If you just use it as an e-reader, it has a life of up to five days, and a respectable two days when you use it as a regular smartphone screen.
Does the second screen justify the price of this phone, a whopping 749€? Probably not. You could buy any of the high end smartphones on the market, most of which have better internal specs than the YotaPhone 2, and an e-book reader, and still not spend as much as you would on this device. But if you’re looking for something fun and unique, and you’re prepared to shell out for sheer smartphone innovation, go right ahead!