If you're living in America and have been wanting to get your hands on the quirky, dual-display YotaPhone 2 then you're in luck. The smartphone's creator, Yota Devices, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the handset's entry into the US market, with American backers able to pre-order the YotaPhone 2 for as little as $500 — that's $100 off the usual asking price. The device, which has an AMOLED screen on the front and an E Ink display on the back, is available in black and white, with limited edition perks such as a three-month subscription to ebook app Bookmate and bumper cases also up for grabs. The latter are probably a good idea considering that the YotaPhone 2 has twice the usual number of screens to break.
The YotaPhone 2 might not be perfect — but it's certainly a breath of fresh air
Yota Devices is looking to hit a goal of $50,000 to help pay for the "certifications and regulatory fees" it says it needs to launch the phone in America. It's by no means an extravagant sum of money (it's also "flexible funding" — meaning Yota Devices keeps the money even if they don't hit their target), but will still give the company some idea about the amount of demand there is for the YotaPhone in the US. While the device's design has been praised for its imagination, it's also been criticized for its less-than-perfect execution. In our own review of the YotaPhone 2 though, we certainly found that Yota Devices had improved upon the original YotaPhone — giving people more reasons to use the E Ink display, even if the rest of the device remains mediocre. With a bit of backing from American customers, the next iteration of the device could be even better.