YotaPhone 2: hands-on (Video)

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 manages to do a pretty respectable job in the specs department: the phone’s driven by a Snapdragon 800, has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and packs an 8MP main camera with 2MP front-facer. The primary display is a five-inch 1080p OLED panel, and the e-ink screen around back is a 4.7-inch component with a quarter HD resolution.

But maybe more important than the specs, the phone feels pretty good in the hand – a slightly slippy back notwithstanding. And while the 2500mAh battery isn’t huge, support for Qi wireless charging and that super-low-power e-ink display help both stretch that charge as far as it can go and make topping it off as easy as possible.

Watch below for even more from our second run-in with the YotaPhone 2.

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!