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 hardware, slimming down the design, and giving that rear e-ink panel a full touch sensor.

Is that going to be enough to raise the YotaPhone from “really neat idea” to “smartphone that has us thinking twice about going with another cookie-cutter model from more well-known brands?” We went hands-on with the handset at MWC this year to learn just what it’s made of; watch on to get our opinions.


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