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YotaPhone 3 announcement shows a true dual screen phone

YotaPhone 3 announcement shows a true dual screen phone

You’d have to be crazy to announce a new smartphone at the same time as a high-profile Samsung product. But, then again, Russian smartphone maker Yota was already deemed unorthodox when it slapped an e-paper display on the back of one. Now the company is back with the third gen YotaPhone, just YOTA in some markets, and its squarely aiming the two-faced smartphone at a younger generation that is happily discovering the joys of reading. Even if it’s on a minuscule screen.

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YotaPhone 3 leak reveals a mid-range third try

YotaPhone 3 leak reveals a mid-range third try

This is how dual screen smartphones should be. Except, perhaps, for the less than premium specs. Last month, Meizu revealed its own take on the idea of a phone with screens front and back, ending up with a strange design that has yet to be proven in practice. The again, Russian phone maker Yota had two chances to make a dual-screen phone work, neither of which exactly took either local or international markets by storm. Not one to easily throw in the towel, Yota has partnered with a Chinese manufacturer to bring a third gen YotaPhone to life, one that may have even less chance of succeeding compared to its forebears.

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Dual-screen YotaPhone 3 announced in China for 2017 release

Dual-screen YotaPhone 3 announced in China for 2017 release

You may remember back to 2015 when you heard about an odd device called the YotaPhone 2 featuring not one but two full-size screens, with the rear being an E-ink display. Well, the Russian company behind the phone, Yota Devices, has announced it's making a successor called the — wait for it — YotaPhone 3. Unfortunately, this announcement, made at a conference in China this week, was very slim on details.

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The YotaPhone 3 is still coming, or so it seems

The YotaPhone 3 is still coming, or so it seems

Bigger companies usually can’t afford to diverge from more traditional paths, as LG learned the hard way with the LG G5. It is usually up to smaller manufacturers to dare dream up of more unconventional devices and features. The YotaPhone from Russia was one of those, combining a regular smartphone with an e-ink display at the back. But ever since the launch of the YotaPhone 2 in late 2014, the company has gone silent. Well, not anymore. Its Instagram account not only suddenly came back to life, it also offered hope of a YotaPhone 3 some time in the future.

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YotaPhone 2 for US cancelled over ‘unforeseen’ delays

YotaPhone 2 for US cancelled over ‘unforeseen’ delays

The YotaPhone 2, a Russian-made smartphone with an LCD front and an e-ink back, launched for US buyers via the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. That crowdfunding campaign proved successful, and by all accounts the oddball two-faced smartphone would eventually be making its way into backers’ hands. Only, it won’t be, at least not in the way backers expected. The company started sending emails to Indiegogo backers today advising them that the planned US release has been cancelled. The reasons, say the company, are “unforeseen delays."

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YotaPhone 2 enters the US via Indiegogo

YotaPhone 2 enters the US via Indiegogo

After months of waiting, years if you count the first YotaPhone, the two-faced, and we mean that kindly, smartphone is ready to enter the US market. But now, you won't be able to get the YotaPhone 2 off your favorite carrier or from a retailer. At least not yet. Russian company Yota is perhaps still testing the North American waters and will be coursing the dual display AMOLED and e-ink smartphone via an Indiegogo campaign instead. Which should probably give them a more or less accurate assessment for the YotaPhone 2's demand.

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YotaPhone 2 launches in white with cheaper price, Lollipop

YotaPhone 2 launches in white with cheaper price, Lollipop

The YotaPhone 2, the ultimate smartphone status-quo breaker with its rear E-ink display, is receiving a new color variation this week, along with cheaper European pricing and several improvements, namely an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Also good news for those in the U.S. who have yet to get their hands on the dual-screen device, manufacturer Yota has said they are planning to launch in the States this July, funded by an upcoming Indiegogo campaign.

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Russian troll team reportedly paid to tout YotaPhone

Russian troll team reportedly paid to tout YotaPhone

The most notable smartphone to come out of Russia is the YotaPhone, which is currently in its second iteration and soon to arrive on Indiegogo. The phone is notable because of its dual displays, one of which is an e-ink panel that sips battery life and is, arguably, more ideal for viewing certain kinds of content (ebooks, perhaps) than a regular LCD screen. The phone has caught quite a bit of attention on its own, but it looks like the Russian government is leaving nothing to risk, using unofficial trolls to tout the device online.

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YotaPhone 2 to arrive on Indiegogo this spring

YotaPhone 2 to arrive on Indiegogo this spring

Remember the YotaPhone 2? It's the sleeker second-generation version of the smartphone with two displays: a regular LCD on the front, and an energy-sipping e-paper display on the back. We got our hands on the phone back in December, but it hasn't thus far been available to consumers in the United States -- something that will be changing this spring when it launches on Indiegogo. Those who jump on the crowdfunding campaign will be given incentives for doing so, but the phone is set to cost about $600 when it arrives.

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YotaPhone 2 gets the teardown treatment at FCC

YotaPhone 2 gets the teardown treatment at FCC

The dual-screen e-ink toting YotaPhone has been one of the more interesting smartphones to enter our radars for the past two years. Happily, it is making its way to the US this time around. But, naturally, the YotaPhone 2 has to stop by the FCC first for certification. And quite surprisingly, the smartphone's filing has more information than FCC sightings usually yield, including some photos of the innards of the device, as well as the user manual that clues us in on how the smartphone's rather ingenious features are meant to work.

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YotaPhone 2 first-impressions – Odd E Ink Allure

YotaPhone 2 first-impressions – Odd E Ink Allure

You have to give the team at Yota credit for not giving up on their dual-display smartphone dream. The original YotaPhone was a curious - but flawed - riff on the Android smartphone, a regular screen on one side and an E Ink panel on the back, let down by immature software and hardware. Now, with the YotaPhone 2, the company believes both concept and product are ready for the mass market. I’ve been trying the new smartphone out this week ahead of sales kicking off today, and it’s clear there certainly are advantages over opting for more screens, rather than just bigger ones. Read on for some first-impressions.

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YotaPhone 2 launches, available in Europe this week

YotaPhone 2 launches, available in Europe this week

Russian company Yota has finally taken off the veils from the second generation YotaPhone in two consecutive events in Moscow and London. The YotaPhone 2, one of the brighter stars in this year's CES and MWC expos, gives more class and more power to an already appealing concept. Aside from having a second screen driven entirely by e-ink technology, YotaPhone adds touch to that display, giving users practically two touch screens, switching between the two as the need arises and conserving power along the way.

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