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The YotaPhone for 2014 gets sleeker, sharper e-ink display (pictures)

We took the new and improved YotaPhone prototype handset for a test drive at MWC 2014. It's slimmer, faster, and boasts a bigger and crisper e-ink screen that has us stoked about this uncanny device's potential.

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Crisper, more capable e-ink screen

The new YotaPhone prototype boasts a bigger 4.7-inch e-ink display with a sharper 960x540-pixel resolution.
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More engaging blacks and whites

The new YotaPhone's 960x540-pixel resolution is way more detail-rich than the first phone's 640x360-pixel resolution.
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Mix images and alerts

The new working YotaPhone prototype has an e-ink display which can show large photos plus make room for important phone alerts.
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Slimmer and rounder

The curved chassis of the revamped YotaPhone is more trim and exudes greater elegance.
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Speakers on the bottom

The bottom lip houses a set of speakers.
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Text is king

The YotaPhone's larger e-ink screen works wonders on text-heavy documents.
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Real Android too

Looking at the back face of the YotaPhone you'd never guess the front is all Android KitKat.
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Bigger, better, but still a combo

Placed side-by-side with the new YotaPhone, the old model looks positively blocky and brick-like.
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notifications galore

This mock up of the new YotaPhone shows just how notification crazy the device's e-ink screen may get.
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Your choice of white or black

The YotaPhone will come in white and black.
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Power off

Its power-saving e-ink display is a major driver behind the phone's value. This second YotaPhone takes it all a step further with a power-saving profile that completely hibernates the Android screen and runs the phone's low-power e-ink side instead.

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E-ink gaming

Yota Devices envisions turn-based and longer casual gaming sessions on the YotaPhone's low-power electronic paper display.

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Hardware settings

NFC and wireless charging make an appearance in this second act; you can toggle them on and off in the Settings menu.

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