Yota. A name you may not be familiar with but one that has been making noises in the mobile industry for a while now.
Originally producing high speed 4G connectivity devices such as personal routers, Yota's success in producing enterprise and consumer technology has led them to manufacturing a truly innovative smartphone range.
The original YotaPhone, released in late 2013, introduced the world to a phone with 2 screens - 1 main touchscreen on the front and a second low powered e-ink display on the reverse. Many of us spend a lot of time reading on our phones, quickly draining battery life by powering the screen for a simple task.
With the e-ink rear screen, you can delve into news articles, books, emails and other low intensity pursuits without affecting battery life.
YotaPhone2 takes things further than its predecessor could, while still keeping the core idea of an always-on second screen as the key feature.
The second version of the YotaPhone is now bigger, yet much sleeker with curved edges and a bowed design that allows it to be held comfortably either way up. The main screen comes in at a full HD 1920x1080 5 inches, whilst the rest of the specification does well to match up with other high end Android devices. The 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB RAM make the YotaPhone a real contender for power users.
The rear screen uses the EPD (electronic paper or e-ink) technology made world famous by the Kindle e-reader. The pervasive display has a contrast ratio similar to that of newspaper and is comfortably readable, even in direct sunlight. With the advent of e-books and the huge number of reading apps available for Android, you can now consume to your heart's content on your lunchbreak, or whilst travelling, without worrying about running short of power before the end of the day.
You can also utilise Yota's own Put2Back applications for transferring content from main screen to rear. Perhaps you're browsing online then come across an article you want to read. Simply throw it over to the rear screen and read without excess battery drain. You can even control the phone as normal (in monochrome of course) from the rear screen. This superb power saving feature is great should you be running low on power after a busy day.