The Yotaphone first caught our attention last year, with its seemingly crazy combination of 4.3-inch front-mounted LCD and 4.3-inch E Ink display around the back. At Mobile World Congress 2014, the Russian team from Yota Devices is back, with a redesigned and reinvigorated Yotaphone boasting larger displays and some seriously powerful hardware.
The new Yotaphone 2 has a 5-inch, 1080p AMOLED panel as its primary screen, and the electronic paper display on the back has been bumped up to 4.7 inches with an appreciably higher 960x540 pixel resolution. Processing comes courtesy of a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of memory; 32GB of onboard storage makes for plenty of media storage. LTE support and 802.11ac Wi-Fi means the Yotaphone 2 should be speedy over wireless networks, and a 2550mAh battery should provide enough capacity for all-day usage, especially if you're using the e-paper display in preference to the LCD.
If you use your phone for a lot of reading, an E Ink display makes a lot of sense; they have significantly lower power consumption than LCDs, as well as reduced eye strain. It's really a smarter choice to go for one or the other, though -- the increase in production cost doesn't seem worth the effort to us. We definitely applaud the Yotaphone team for their continued innovation, though -- and we're keen to test the Yotaphone 2 as soon as possible.