Despite raising far more than enough money required, Russian phone maker Yota Devices will not be offering its unusual, double-sided YotaPhone 2 in the US. At least not this year.
Yota Devices purportedly emailed a letter to backers of its successful Indiegogo campaign, citing logistical issues that are causing the company to scrap its short-term North American plans, tech site The Verge reports.
Those who backed the device through the crowdfunding website now have two options: obtain a refund, or receive the international version of the YotaPhone 2. Although the global model does work on AT&T and T-Mobile networks, it doesn't support their respective 4G LTE bands.
The YotaPhone 2 is an interesting device in that it has two displays: a traditional LCD panel with an e-ink screen on the rear. Powered by Android KitKat, other notable specifications include an 8-megapixel rear camera, 32GB of storage and a 2,500mAh battery. Be sure to check out CNET's review of the handset here .
On the brighter side, Yota Devices has secured a new manufacturing partner that may be able to handle scalability demands. Provided everything goes according to plan, a new-generation YotaPhone will offer more impressive hardware at a lower cost -- even in North America.
Yota Devices did not respond to a request for comment.