The new YotaPhone for 2014 is sleeker, faster, and an all-round more impressive e-ink Android combo
This is Brian Bennett for CNET and we are at Mobile World Congress 2014 taking a first look at the new YotaPhone.
This is the new model that has been just announced at the show and it is a new and improved device.
It is a lot thinner than the previous model, and if you guys don't know what this is, this device on this side, it looks like a regular Android device that's running
Android KitKat powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor, quad-core.
It's very fast.
It's got a 5-inch full HD AMOLED display, very nice, but when you turn around, on the other side, it has a large 4.7-inch e-ink display.
Now, one of the major improvements over the previous model is that this display on the back is actually full touch.
So, instead of having to use a strip on the bottom to interact with the display, you can now
just touch, you know, the screen and interact with all the elements here as you would a typical or a premium e-reader.
And as you could tell, it's also very thin, and one of the best things is that using the e-ink display not only can you read it outdoors in direct sunlight, but it also, you know, impact battery a lot less.
You're probably gonna see about 1 and a half to almost two times longer run time using the e-ink display.
You can see all of your text messages,
your alerts, your social media, everything right there, and you don't have to tax the battery that much at all.
The company says that it will be available by Q4 of this year, and hopefully arrive in the US by early 2015.
Approximate pricing will probably be around 449 Euros, basically a premium price for an unlocked smartphone.
So there you have it folks.
You've just taken a first look at the brand new, revamped, and new and improved YotaPhone at Mobile World Congress 2014.
I'm Brian Bennett for CNET.
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