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Over the past few years we’ve seen a number of devices attempt to change up the standard “candy bar” layout that we’ve become accustomed to for smartphones. While devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, LG G Flex 2, and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge stir things up by offering curved screens, the YotaPhone 2 takes a different approach: an LCD display on the front, an e-ink display on the back. The YotaPhone 2 itself is nothing new, formally announced back in December of last year, but the unique handset is finally making its way over to U.S. and Canadian customers via the Indiegogo crowdfunding site.

Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, LG G Flex 2, and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge stir things up by offering curved screens, the YotaPhone 2 takes a different approach

Right now you can secure a YotaPhone 2 with a minimum pledge of just $500, but there’s only so many slots left before that deal closes. After this, the next price level is at $525, and YotaPhone says the final retail price will be somewhere around $600. For those that pre-order on Indiegogo, you can expect your phone to ship sometime around August. So far 78 people have already taken up a pledge just two hours into the fundraiser (at the time of this writing), securing $40,850 of the company’s $50,000 funding goal. In other words, it won’t take long for the YotaPhone 2 to meet and exceed its target.

The dual-display setup is obviously the biggest selling point with the YotaPhone, giving you an energy efficient display for reading, task lists, and other uses that would lend well to a B&W display, with a ‘normal’ display for media consumption, gaming, and so on. Beyond the screen, you get a Snapdragon 801 powered device with 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, an 8MP rear cam, 2.1MP front cam, a 5-inch 1080p display, a 4.7-inch ePaper display with a resolution of 960 x 540, and a 2500 mAh battery.

For more details on what to expect from the YotaPhone 2, be sure to check out our full review.

So how about it, anyone planning on picking this one up?

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