BARCELONA, Spain -- You haven't heard the last of the YotaPhone, the unusual Android handset with an e-ink display on its back. Although the smartphone has only been on the market for a few months, its manufacturer is already showing off the next generation. This second act is rounder, a bit svelter, and incrementally smarter. We were lucky enough to wrap our paws around a prototype of the new YotaPhone at MWC 2014 And though it's clear this updated gadget isn't quite ready for prime time, we can see it makes the most impressive case yet for … Read more
Hot on the heels of CES 2014, we're right back at it with another great week of fresh video content presented to you here, for your viewing pleasure.
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Yota Devices, the mobile company that has caught the attention of the smartphone world with its dual-screen YotaPhone, already has its sights set on a second-generation device.
Speaking to Pocket-lint in an interview published Wednesday, Yota chief Vlad Martynov said that his company plans on launching the second-generation YotaPhone in late 2014. Martynov didn't provide details on the second-generation handset.
Martynov was also forthcoming in an interview with CNET. During that discussion, Martynov said that his company is already "working very hard on the second" YotaPhone, adding that plans are also in place for a third-generation option. … Read more
With a full-fledged Android display on one side and power-saving e-ink screen on the other, the dual-mode YotaPhone is emerging from the concept cocoon and spreading its wings in the real world.
The YotaPhone goes on sale this week in Russia, starting at 500 euros ($678), before it expands to other markets in Europea and the Middle East, and beyond. It's a fairly hefty price tag for a phone containing last year's Android specs, unchanged since we first saw the device nearly a year ago at CES 2013.
So CNET caught up with Yota Device's CEO, Vlad … Read more
The YotaPhone -- the quirky Android mobile that has an LCD screen on the front and an e-ink panel on the back -- is out in Europe this month. An e-ink screen, typically used on e-reader devices, is designed to be easier on the eyes and use less power than a regular LCD screen.
The phone debuts this month in Germany, Austria, France, and Spain for 499 euros. Yota says the phone is coming to the UK in January and the Middle East early next year.
There are no current plans to sell the YotaPhone in the US, but Yota … Read more
The unusual, e-ink sporting YotaPhone is poised to be made official at an event in Moscow, and CNET has exclusive access to an English-language live stream of the event itself.
The event -- which will see the Android-powered YotaPhone get an official international launch -- can be viewed below and starts on December 3 at 11:15 p.m. PT, or December 4 at 2:15 a.m. ET. If you're tuning in from the UK, set your watch for December 4 at 7:15 a.m.
Update: The livestream has finished, but you can watch the conference as … Read more
We knew that YotaDevices, makers of the rather individual YotaPhone, had a December launch date in mind, but now it's official.
The event that kicks off one of the more interesting smartphone concepts we've seen this year takes place in Moscow on December 4.
It still isn't evident how much the YotaPhone's hardware and software specs have changed since we first laid eyes and hands on the dual-screen Android phone at CES last January, but we're hoping that the handset has grown up in this respect.
Design-wise, the body shape looks the same as what … Read more
Yota Devices, the company behind the Android and e-ink YotaPhone, will start selling its unusual smartphone creation "in time for Christmas 2013," the company said in an e-mail.
We've seen dual-screen handsets before, but this one is unique in pairing a high-resolution LCD screen in front with an e-ink display on the rear.
Why the e-ink? The idea is that when power runs low, switching to an electronic paper image for reading or referencing items can help keep a phone usable longer before needing a charge.
The Moscow-based Yota Devices first showed off the YotaPhone in January … Read more