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    As smartphone designs get more and more refined, it's easy to fall into the trap where everything starts looking alike: how many ways can you make a flat slate unique? That's driven companies like Samsung to develop its new curved-screen Edge series, but it's not just major manufacturers taking a risk with something new. Yota Devices has been doing just that, and most recently with the YotaPhone 2. We've know to expect the dual-screened handset to come to the US sometime this year, and despite some rumors, firm details have been elusive. Today we learn just how sales will get underway, as ...

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    E-Ink. It powers everything from the YotaPhone 2 to the Amazon Kindle. It's simultaneously one of the most understated and futuristic display technologies around. And it's being put to use in devices and venues you've never even thought of. But what exactly is E-Ink, and how does it work? That's a question we had for the folks at E-Ink Corporation, the brains behind the world's leading electrophoretic ink technology, and they were more than happy to answer it. In fact, they invited us to tour their Innovation Center and Headquarters facility in Massachusetts, down the road from their ...

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    If you're like me, the first thing you think of when you see an E-Paper display is an e-reader like the Kindle Paperwhite. While Yota Devices definitely had that use case in mind when it designed the original dual-screen YotaPhone, its sequel is no one-trick pony. With benefits ranging from extended battery life to always-on widgets to virtually unlimited customization, the YotaPhone 2's second screen brings something we've been craving –innovation– and actually makes something useful out of it. As the saying goes: "new minds, fresh ideas." But there's another saying too: "the more ...

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    This year we came back from CES with an old friend, finally getting our hands on the YotaPhone 2 we first saw nearly a year ago in Barcelona. In the time since, we've been giving the Android and its unusual dual-screen arrangement our hands-on treatment, and in another day or so our full review of the smartphone should be ready. While we're sure that will help address many of the questions you may have about this hardware, there's one answer we don't have just yet, and that's the one to the question of who's going to help Yota Devices bring this phone to the US. Last week we heard ...

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    The YotaPhone 2 packs a lot of features that set it apart from the typical smartphone. It's got more curves than we usually see these days, a volume rocker that does double-duty as a SIM card tray, and it comes to us from Russia. Oh, and it's got a second screen around back. The YotaPhone 2's E-Paper Display (EPD) is a 4.7" 960x540 E-Ink panel that dominates the rear cover of the device. With no backlight, just 16 levels of greyscale and a pixel density of only 235ppi, it's not all that impressive on paper – but YotaPhone nonetheless manages to squeeze a lot of mileage out of its key ...

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    Last MWC, we had our first look at the YotaPhone, a unique smartphone with two displays – one was a regular smartphone display, while the other was an e-ink display, perfect for both outdoor visibility and power management. Now we're here at CES 2015, having just acquired the sequel to review in our offices. But first, to begin our coverage, here's a YotaPhone 2 unboxing. Spoiler alert: the YotaPhone 2 box is beyond cool. There's a whole lot of attention to detail that's obvious, and we're hoping that translates to the phone itself when we give it a test run later on as we approach our ...

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    At a big show like CES, it's easy for a new mobile device to get lost in the crowd. That's why we find ourselves drawn to hardware like the new LG G Flex 2, not just because it looks like a very solid handset in and of itself, but because it manages to stand out from everyone else; anyone can make a “safe” phone, but it's the ones that challenge expectations that often capture our attention. This is one of the reasons we've had our eye on the YotaPhone 2, which made a reappearance at this year's expo as it begins its retail push. That's going to involve sales in a lot of markets, but ...

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    We first met the YotaPhone 2 the better part of a year ago: the one-of-a-kind smartphone that paired a traditional screen with a low-power persistent e-ink display first popped up on our radar all the way back at MWC 2014, and we took that opportunity to go hands-on with the model. In the months since, Yota Devices has been preparing for the handset's retail launch, with nations around the globe set to see the handset land sometime this month. At CES this year, we ran back into the YotaPhone 2, and decided to give this guy another look. Even with hardware that's from 2014, the YotaPhone 2 ...

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    How long have we been waiting for the YotaPhone 2, the dual-screened, e-ink-based handset we got to look at all the way back in February... and have been patiently looking forward to the start of sales ever since? A couple weeks back the first parts of the smartphone's commercial launch started coming together, as we learned of a presentation due to take place tomorrow in London. While that will obviously bring all sorts of new information about the YotaPhone 2 and its availability, a few extra details have already come to light regarding just where this phone will go up for sale, and ...

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    Updated with links to stream and download the high-quality audio version of the podcast, as well as timecodes for all the stories mentioned. We hope you enjoyed – see you next week! Is Nokia's new tablet just an iPad ripoff – or just what Android needs? Will Gorilla Glass 4 finally stop you from shattering your smartphone? And is the Gear S a good enough smartwatch to make the dumbphone obsolete? These are the pressing questions on the docket this week as the mobile industry prepares to end a wild year on a weird note, and we're gonna tackle them one by one in the ruthlessly silly ...

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    Even though the concept of a dual-screen devices hasn't gained much popularity after the launch of the original YotaPhone last year, that doesn't mean that there is no future for the idea. Some of us end up using our smartphones to continue reading a book every now and then, and the option of a less power-hungry display is also practical for a long day of extensive use. We were all very pleased with the YotaPhone 2 prototype that we saw at MWC 2014, and it seems we finally get a launch. Yota Devices has just sent out press invitations for an event to happen in London on December 3rd in ...

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    Anton D. Nagy chasing a taxi on foot. Jaime Rivera almost burning down a building with a power strip. A Honduran drinking palinca and a Romanian doing a Mexican accent. The tales from our leather-clad Barcelona duo are intense - but their intensity is matched by the hot mobile news that burst forth from this week's Mobile World Congress, the most epic in recent memory. To wit, that news includes an MWC 2014 Samsung Unpacked event that gave the world the latest Galaxy; a Sony unveiling of similar proportions that built on the Xperia legacy; a press conference that saw the world's first ...

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    If anyone ever tells you that smartphones are all the same these days, that every manufacturer is copying everyone else to the point where all our phone are homogeneous, uninspiring slabs, you just point them on over to the YotaPhone, the handset that just has to do things a little differently. We saw the first YotaPhone debut last year, marrying a rear-mounted electronic ink to a typical full-color smartphone display, offering a persistent output, low power consumption, and great daylight readability. This year's model delivers a healthy set of improvements, bumping up processing ...

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    “We are inspired by taking risks and innovating mobile communications to bring value to users. We are a start-up company that had a big idea and we’ve executed on that idea. We looked at the smartphone from another side, literally, and created YotaPhone.” I love this quote. It's a little heavy on the corporate buzzwords for my taste, but the idea of a small group of dedicated individuals banding together to will a dream into reality -particularly a dream as unconventional as YotaPhone- is an inspiring tale even to those who don't share my love for the underdog. And Yota Devices ...

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