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YotaPhone 2 launches on Indiegogo for as little as $500

by Jacob Kleinman | May 19, 2015May 19, 2015 6:00 am PST

The YotaPhone 2 is finally headed to the U.S. thanks to a partnership between the Russian-phone maker and crowd-funding website Indiegogo. You can pre-order the device now for as little as $500, though it’s not expected to ship until late July or early August. It’s also limited to GSM networks, meaning AT&T and T-Mobile, at least for now.

Through an early bird special you can grab the device for $100 off its market price, though you’ll have to act fast. As an added bonus, the company is throwing in a three-month pass to e-book subscription service BookMate and a specially designed bumper case. The YotaPhone 2 will also be available for $525 for its first 48 hours on Indiegogo, in case you miss out on the initial discount. After that you can still pre-order one for $550 until the campaign ends.

Of course, it’s possible Yota won’t hit its $50,000 crowd-funding goal. However, the company says it’s already seen a ton of interest in the campaign. It’s also working directly with Indiegogo, giving the YotaPhone 2 an extra boost on the site.

Yota’s managing director for the Americas, Matthew G. Kelly, told us the device should ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, the software update is still in development, and it may not go out until a few weeks after the new phone arrives. Beyond a near stock version of Google’s operating system, the phone also runs YETI 2.0 for its e-paper back panel.

The YotaPhone 2 can run a full version of Android on its e-paper screen, which comes in handy if you’re trying to conserve battery life. The company also offers a variety of ways to customize the back panel with different widgets and notifications, ranging from updates on your favorite sports teams, to fitness tracking data to a remote for your TV.

It also offers some pretty solid hardware, including a 5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, a 2500mAh battery, an 8-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Those may not be cutting edge specs, but considering the 4.7-inch e-paper display in back the YotaPhone 2 is still a pretty special device. Hit the source link below to see the phone for yourself over on Indiegogo.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...