Ever since the YotaPhone 2 launched last December, the phone had many eager consumers wondering when it would make its way to the US market. The two-faced phone originally launched in over 20 countries including Europe, the CIS and the Middle East, though the promise of a US launch wasn’t slated until “late 2015”. In January, we reported that the phone would make its way to T-Mobile this Spring, and it seems as though we now have a bit more information on the YotaPhone 2’s US availability.
According to spokesperson Mike Kelley, the smartphone will make its way to the US this Spring through an Indiegogo campaign. It will also be compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile networks, including a number of LTE bands. As for the crowdfunding campaign, the phone will be available for approximately $600, and there will be extra incentives if you’re willing to pay more. There’s no word on those extra incentives quite yet, but rumor has it that Yota may offer a bumper case or an accessory to go along with the device. If the Indiegogo launch goes well, Yota plans to expand the phone’s availability to third party US retailers like Best Buy. For right now, the phone is running Android 4.4 KitKat, though Yota hopes to have the upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out by the time it launches.
For those unfamiliar with the YotaPhone 2, it’s a dual-screened smartphone with a 1080p LCD panel on the front and an e-paper display on the back. The e-paper display can be used as a normal smartphone screen to save on battery life, as well as offer up a great way to read books or magazines while you’re on the go. We reviewed the YotaPhone 2, and you can check out our full comprehensive review here.
If the phone launches on Indiegogo in the Spring for $600, will you pick one up? Why or why not?