Yota today announced that the YotaPhone 2 will launch in 20 European countries before the end of 2015 at a price of 33,000 roubles, which works out to around $608 U.S. dollars or 491 Euro. The YotaPhone 2 will expand into China and other Asia-Pacific locals in early 2015, followed by launches in Canada and Latin America.
Yota also says that it will open a YotaPhone flagship store in London tomorrow, December 8, to celebrate the launch of the YotaPhone 2.
As a refresher, the highlight feature of the YotaPhone 2 is its dual-display functionality, with a 5-inch 1920x1080 AMOLED touchscreen on its face and 4.7-inch 960x540 e-paper touchscreen on its backside. The YotaPhone’s also got a pair of cameras; an 8-megapixel shooter on back and a 2.1-megapixel camera around front. Packed inside of the YotaPhone 2’s 8.95mm-thick body is a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 2500mAh battery and wireless charging. It’ll run Android 4.4 out of the box.
The YotaPhone 2 design is much-improved over the original model, and its specs are a nice step up over the OG YotaPhone as well. It sounds like Yota is planning to launch the YotaPhone 2 is a number of locales around the globe, too, so hopefully we’ll see more of it than we did its successor. As for U.S. availability, the lack of any U.S. announcement isn’t a surprise considering the country’s carrier-centric environment, and Yota might have a tough time convincing a carrier to launch the YotaPhone stateside. If you’re a U.S. resident that really wants a YotaPhone 2, importing is always an option!