YotaPhone 2 Price is Bigger than Expected, Gets Released Before this Year’s End

The Russian-made YotaPhone is a rather unusual device, but one that has impressed many users across the entire world. The second-generation YotaPhone 2 has been announced for quite a while, but it was yet to know at what price it will retail and will it be released.

Now, according to a new report coming from AreaMobile.de, the smartphone will have a price bigger than expected. This is true at least for European customers, as the smartphone is said to cost 699 euros as opposed to 499 euros without contract, as it was previously believed.

The new twin-display mobile phone is thus more expensive than advertised, which will be quite a letdown for those that enjoyed the concept. The new Yotaphone with two touch screens is said start shipping in mid-December, on 11, just in time for Christmas.

The same German publication goes on to say that it believes the company won’t be calling it Yotaphone 2, but just YotaPhone. The smartphone is said to be available in Russia, in the United Arab Emirates and in selected European countries. It will carry Android 4.4 Kitkat and the same features that we already know:

yota phone 2

Full-touch display on e-ink-based 4.7-inch diagonal
Quad-core processor from Qualcomm (Snapdragon MSM9874 800)
2,300 mAh battery which can also be recharged wirelessly
8-megapixel camera with full HD video recording
2-megapixel front camera
32 GB internal memory
micro USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS and Glonass, Wi-Fi and UMTS and LTE Cat-fourth

The company has managed to sell so far slightly more than 12, 000 units but it faces problem with apps that would make use of its back display. But as more consumers will opt to buy the YotaPhone, the developers’ interest in the device will also increase.

I too had the chance to play a little with the gadget at this year’s Mobile World Congress and was particularly impressed by its build quality. Let’s hope that at MWC 2015, the company will manage to bring a new device with even better specs and that more apps will be available for the real classy eInk back display.

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